Question 1: Howard Thurman (1899–1981), an African American pastor committed to non-violence, sees Christians as called to the task of making this world a better place for all people. In a thoughtful couple of paragraphs, discuss the following: What are his insights into understanding Christian calling based on Jesus’ own temptation in Matthew 4:1–11? (See especially the sections on the first and third temptation in Thurman’s writing). With that, how is what he says here true, based on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5–7?: “It is not enough to save the souls of men; the relationships that exist between men must be saved also.” Finally, how does Thurman’s writing compare to the life and writing of Dorothy Day (1897–1980), the protester, writer, single mother, convert to Catholicism, advocate for the poor, and founder of Catholic Worker Movement? Question 2: By now, we have come to understand vocation as something that is not the equivalent of a job or career. Of course, your work in your job or career can certainly still be considered one of your vocations. After finishing your required reading from God at Work in Module 5, discuss some different temptations that might lead us away from a healthy understanding of vocation in our work. Be specific and concrete as you discuss. Finally, as Veith pointed out from the Scriptures, Christians are called to be ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’. Discuss what you think he means. Considering our ‘work’ especially, what might be some examples of how Christians are called to do their work differently than those in the world? What are the reason or reasons that they should act in this way? Again, be specific and concrete. Question 3: From your understanding of what has been presented to you about the Christianity faith thus far, is there anything within the Christian faith that lends itself to, or invites scientific exploration? Undoubtedly other religious traditions have made contributions to the scientific enterprise. But the question before is, is there anything unique with the Christian worldview that invites scientific exploration in all its endeavors? Again, there is no particular “right,” or “wrong,” with such a question. All one needs to do is be in the “ballpark” and think critically. Question 4: In your fifth journal entry, reflect on the writing of German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945). Before he was hanged just weeks before the liberation of Germany by the Allied forces, Bonhoeffer wrote many important books and devotional material, including what you read in Module 5 – The Cost of Discipleship. In this, he wrote that the first question of the rich young man in Matthew is “the question of a piety shaped by and centered in the self.” In a thoughtful paragraph, discuss a time in your life when your ponderings or questions to God are questions “of a piety shaped by and centered in the self”? How do you recognize these kinds of questions as self-centered piety? What is the problem, in your view, with being self-centered? Following your reflective writing, I ask you to write one additional paragraph, however short or long, about how your online experience is going so far. Is there anything I can do to help you? Do you have questions about the online environment or the activities of the module?
- Write a 3 Pages MLA format Research paper about Artificial Photosynthesis and its applications in our life.
- What is the cause of the disease diagnosis clinical signs and symptoms symptoms = history from the patient signs = physical findings from examining a patient lab findings imaging studies = X-rays, CT scan, MRI, etc.
- Smartphones are good for us, how do they make life easier.
- Watch one of the assigned films and provide an analysis and critique of the ethical perspective presented in the movie-Explain the values at play in the story. For example, is this an example of a Kantian ethic, utilitarianism, etc.?
- Prepare a five-page research paper on a selected Texas-related court case that is of interest to you.
- Prepare a 25-30 minute presentation of the findings you made in preparation for your research biography, a biographical analysis that ties together their contributions to science and the innovations they contributed that will be between 2000 and 2500 words.
- What does Searle’s thought experiment about Chevrolet station wagons show? What is the point of Jackson’s thought experiment about the color-challenged scientist? Is it possible to provide a complete account of the world in purely physical terms? Why or why not?
- Write a Position Paper include: An introduction to the argument on your public health issue(s) of choice (including a clear thesis).
- Why do you think “sex sells” when our culture traditionally has had a problem openly talking about sexuality? Provide three (3) examples of mechanisms used to sell sex.
- Do you have a family history of high blood pressure, stroke, or myocardial infarction? Do you consume under 1,500 mg of sodium per day through dietary sources?