Is Faith Akin To Madness? Philosophy Critical Thinking Paper

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Instructions:

Note: if you have no discipline to read and do not think critically, do not take this assignment. The essay must answer the question directly. Must have CRITICAL thoughts and DEEP analysis, Remember is philosophy.

Requirements:

1- The essay must have 500 to 600 words. -Good grammar and a structuring of sentences-.

2- You must choose ONE of the two questions.

3- You must read the article BEFORE answering. Do not copy anything from the internet. They must be YOUR Own Thoughts.

4- Do not cite too much. With one or two citations is enough. Note: Do not use outside resources besides the one that I give you. EACH ANSWER HAVE THEIR OWN book.

5- Read the articles.

6- NOTE you must do the essay of 500 0r 600 words and send me an overall summary. Good grammar.

* The professor in the middle of the week going to insert in my canvas a voice to explain how we can improve or critical writing. I will send you that voice so you can write how he want. You may noticed that I gave you 4 days to complete the assignment and this is the reason.

Option #1

“Historical” Religions

Importantly, Smith claims that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are each “historical” religions, in a way that Hinduism and Buddhism are not. What does he have in mind by “historical” if the idea is supposed to distinguish the Eastern and Western Religious traditions?

Book: Huston Smith: The World’s Religions – chapter “Judaism

Option #2

Faith and Madness

Something you hear from critics of religion a lot is that faith really calls for a psychological explanation. Freud, you may recall, thought of faith as a kind of neurosis. Harris certainly doesn’t follow Freud in the details, but does allege that faith is akin to madness. Why? What openings for response do you see to that charge?

Book: Sam Harris: The End of Faith – “The Nature of Belief”

Option #3

THE CHOSEN

One idea of Judaism that regularly draws fire is the idea of a “chosen people”. Why is that such a hot-button? Smith is anxious to interpret that idea in a way that defuses it? How does he try to do that, and how successful would you say he is?

Book: Huston Smith: The World’s Religions – chapter “Judaism”

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