copy of the syllabus is available here.
I also have some advice
to offer to help you write better papers.
Here is a copy of the check-list.
Remember, you need to take a rough draft of at least one
of your papers to the writing center and go through this
Using FSU's on-line
As long as you are studying at FSU, you
have access to on-line resources that the university has
paid for. When you pay tuition fees, one thing you are
paying for is the right to access these resources. Why
spend all your time looking at free sources, when you
have paid for high quality sources?
So, open this link in a new tab: Off-campus
First, you will need to enter the username and password
that you use for your FSU e-mail account.
Some people say its even better than Wikipedia!
Oxford Reference Online.
Unfortunately, only 5 FSU users can access this
collection at a time. Its a set of introductory
reference works from the world's largest university
press. For example, there is a Dictionary of Hinduism.
Online. These books are advanced secondary
sources, much more specialized.
30,000 on-line books. That's a complete library in
itself. You have various search options. Usually, it
isn't best to start with a full-text search. That would
give you a list of every book that contains the word you
are searching for. There are 329 books that contain the
words "Hindu Goddesses", but only four books for which
"Hindu Goddesses" is a key-word. Those are the books I'd
want to start with. Of those four books, I recommend the
ones by Kinsley and John Stratton Hawley. Kinsley
devotes each chapter to a particular goddess, Hawley's
book is a collection of articles by different scholars,
each about a different goddess. You don't have time to
read a whole book, but you could easily read and use a
couple of these essays.
Then, go back to the original library page. Underneath
where it say "Find articles, journals and data-bases",
you have the option to go to the most used databases.
Click on it, then select JSTOR. JSTOR is a
collection of academic journals. For example, there are
33 articles in the religion journals about "Mahadevi".
You need to learn how to pick out the best articles. Pay
attention to the date of publication. An article
published in 1894 about Hinduism's Contact With
Christian Salvation is not useful, because of the date
and topic. Nor is an article about "Sun and Earth
Rulers: What Eyes Cannot See in Mesoamerica", nor is an
article about Buddhism. But that leaves more than enough
articles that will be helpful to you.
Any further questions, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights and Lowlights Fall 2013:
Lowlights Fall 2012:
Highlights and Lowlights Spring 2012
Lowlights, Spring 2011
Lowlights, Spring 2010
The second paper
The first paper
Lowlights from Fall 2009
I've also repaired some of the links below - see how
students fared last semester.
Highlights and Lowlights from Summer 2009:
The first paper.
Highlights and Lowlights from Spring 2009:
This contains some of the best and worst writing
from last semester. Avoid the mistakes and be inspired
by what's good! Don't slavishly copy the best papers
though: really good work displays independent thought.
As we go through this semester, more will be added.
The second paper
The readings we discuss in class are essential for
you to follow the course. However, in order to get a
good grade, you will have to carry out further reading -
the papers are intended to be a test of your research
skills. Below are some useful links to help you with
your research. I have also put some useful supplementary
readings in the library. If you are really adventurous,
you might even check a book out of the library!
There is a lot of useful
information on the web, there is also a lot of rubbish -
so think carefully about the sources that you use!
Also, remember that you should start by using the
sources that I have compiled for you in the library. I
suggest that you read through the information that's
available there, then ask yourself what further
information you need to help with your paper, and see
whether it is available on the web.
A final warning: Do not plagiarize! (If in doubt, read
on plagiarism!) Keep track of what sources from
the web you use, and always give proper citations. Be
careful about cutting and pasting material into your
Is Buddhism an Atheistic Religion?
Is Buddhism an Atheistic Religion? For
this paper, I have prepared a
guide to topics you should consider and sources
you can use.
General Religion Resources:
Devi produced by the Smithsonian to
accompany an exhibition. A basic introduction - good
place to start if you're finding the whole topic
on Kali from Exotic Indian Art Site. Good
discussion of iconography.
in California Hinduism is a world-religion,
well established outside India.
for the Gods Another exhibition web-site, this
one from the University of Pennsylvania.
Valley This is by far the best web-site I
know for the Indus Valley - the next best thing to
organising a field-trip.
intended for the glorification of the Divine Mother.
A glimpse into contemporary goddess worship.
For the position of women in Hinduism, one important
source is the Laws
of Manu, which also explains the roles of the
4 varnas, and the asrama system.
Complete text of Devi
Mahatmya, important primary source for goddess
The New Testament
Gateway. The best place to start looking for
information on the New Testament.
Five Gospel Parallels.
When studying the Gospels, particularly the Synoptics,
its essential that
parallel passages in the other Gospels. This web-site
passages from Thomas.
Into His Own
primary source material relevent to early Christianity
Resources Center Access to materials
(primary and secondary) concerning Judaism in the era of
the Second Temple. Remember, your paper must examine the
history of Judaism during this period, as well as the
origins of Christianity. Highly recommended!
All in one
Biblical Resources Search. General resource
for Biblical studies.
I have now up-dated the sources in the library. The
folder contains a selection of secondary source material.
Also, there are some useful books on reserve in the
library: Harris, The New
Testament: A Student's Introduction; Schiffman, From Text To Tradition; Theissen
and Merz, The
Historical Jesus, A Comprehensive Guide and
Barton and Muddiman (eds.) The Oxford One Volume Bible Commentary.
For primary sources, you should use the two highly
recommended web-sites above. Some of your primary source
material will be Biblical. A good Bible commentary, such
as the one edited by Barton and Muddiman, goes through
every book of the Bible one verse at a time, pointing out
the kind of information that you need in order to
understand the passages in their original context. So,
when you've chosen the passages you want to use, you might
check what the commentary says. Please note that Barton
and Muddiman are the editors, but each section has a
different author - for example, the commentary on
Luke's Gospel is written by Eric Franklin. You include
Barton and Muddiman in a citation, because anyone looking
for the book needs to know the name of the editors, but if
you are referring to a passage, you should mention the
author of that particular section.
Another useful source available on request in the library
is the DVD Jesus: The
Complete Story. The main advisor for this
documentary was Tom Wright, an Anglican clergyman who is
now the Bishop of Durham, who has written a series of
highly influential studies of the historical Jesus. Treat
the video as you would any other secondary source
material; it is useful, but some of the claims are
Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism
Dao De Jing:
Early Chinese Buddhism Re-Examined by Heinrich Dumoulin.
A supplement to his book on Zen Buddhism (which is
available in our library). I can't put up a link
directly to this article, but you can access it through
JSTOR, using EZ-Proxy.
The article is in the Journal of Japanese Religious
vs. Shen Hsiu: what really happened?
Laden and Muslim tradition on warfare article by
John Kelsay. John Kelsay is the head of FSU's
department of Religious Studies. He is also an expert
on Islam and warfare: his book is available in the
bookstore, an extract is on file. In this brief
article he responds to 911.
Quran, the Hadith and the Prophet Muhammad This
site has links to some excellent primary and secondary
The first section of the final exam, worth 50%,
will consist of 30 multiple choice questions, based on the
sections of the text-book you studied for the quizzes.
The second section will consist of a series of essays, of
which you will answer one. The essays will be similar to the
questions "For Further Reflection" at the end of each
chapter of the text-book. Some of these essays will give you
a chance to compare two different religions, others will
give you a chance to discuss the way one particular religion
has changed over time.
How similar were the lives and teachings of Jesus and
How do the differences between Buddhism and Islam reflect
the different conditions in which these religions
Explain the changes in authority structures in Judaism from
the time of the patriarchs to the dawn of the rabbinic era.
Does the Dao De Jing have any useful lessons for today's
Compare and contrast the political agendas of Confucius and
Explain the relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism.
Is Hinduism a single religion, or a family of related
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