Possible Term Paper Topics
The term paper is due on Friday March 14th. It should be at least 6 pages long.
The best term paper project to work on is one that excites and interests you. Below is a list of suggested topics; you may choose from this list or come up with a topic on your own. This is a research paper. You should cite at least three non-internet sources (books, journals, encyclopedias). Citing internet sources is allowed, but don’t confine yourself to these. Please be sure to include a bibliography. There are a lot of good books on religion in the collection at Hamersly library. You can also make use of the Summit system to borrow books from other Northwest libraries (allow 5 to 7 days for Summit books to arrive!). If you write a biographical paper, be sure to do more than just tell the story of the life of your subject; place their life in the context of the religious tradition with which they are associated, indicating how their life exemplifies that tradition.
Monasticism: its nature and its place as a path to sanctity in Christianity.
Prayer: its purpose, the ways it is practiced, and its role in everyday life.
Piety: how it is conceived in different religious traditions
Mysticism: its nature and the different forms it takes.
Art: the role it plays in developing religious feeling and tradition. (Eastern Orthodox icons)
Symbols: their origin and meaning in different religious traditions.
Authority: its origin and the role it plays in different religious traditions.
Saints: how sanctity is conceived and recognized.
Salvation: how it is conceived and how an individual achieves it.
Law: how it is established and the role in plays in religious life.
Prophecy and Revelation: their nature and the role they play in religious traditions.
Science and Secularism: how have religious traditions reacted to these?
Music: the role it plays in worship.
Diet: the role played by dietary restrictions in a religious life.
Sin: how it is conceived and overcome in the monotheistic traditions.
Education: the role it plays in religious life and how it is pursued in different religious traditions.
Cults: their relationship to mainstream religious culture.
Architecture: how the design of sacred space reflects different religious beliefs.
Holidays of different religions – their origins, their significance, and how they are celebrated.
Sexuality and Gender in religious traditions.
Miracles: their importance to the monotheistic traditions.
Reform: how this arises and how it transforms religious traditions.
War: the attitudes taken by religious traditions towards conflict and violence.
God: how the divine is conceived and worshipped in different religious traditions.
Fundamentalism in the monotheistic traditions.
Abraham Mohammad Pope John Paul II St. Paul
King David Mother Theresa Imam Husayn Solomon
Martin Luther Rumi The Baal Shem Tov Fatima