Essay on ulteriour religion
Your final essay is due by 9:00am, Monday, April 28, 2014. Please submit your essay by email
to: email@example.com. Please be sure that your essay is in Word format. Documents should be titled
after the following manner: LastName.FinalEssay.doc.
Essays should be three to 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced, with reasonable font and margins
(e.g., Times, 12 pt., 1-inch margins). Do not plagiarize; be sure to provide proper citations in
your footnotes (this means including the author, title, and page number of the reference). In this
essay, you must engage course readings explicitly and in depth, supporting your main points with
quotes from the relevant text/s. In addition, you will want to draw upon at least two sources
beyond those we have covered in class.
David Chidester claims that “religion is an area of human activity marked by the concerns of the
transcendent, the sacred, the ultimate—concerns that enable people to experiment with what it
means to be human” (Authentic Fakes, p. 1). For your final essay, you will write an essay in
which you investigate how a form of ulterior religion functions as an experiment with what it
means to be human.
Please be sure to respond to ALL of the following:
1. Early in your essay, you will want to articulate a clear definition of religion. You are welcome
to draw upon definitions of thinkers we have studied in class—e.g., Durkheim, Otto, Eliade,
Chidester, Ward, Bataille, Geertz—in formulating your own definition. Please keep in mind that
your definition should be sufficiently capacious to include a variety of phenomena that you would
want to treat as religious, but narrow enough to do interesting theoretical work.
2. Employing your definition of religion, develop an essay in which you focus upon an ostensibly
secular phenomenon, revealing the religious dimensions of that phenomenon. In doing so, you
will want to be clear and specific about the precise ways in which you see the case you focus
upon to constitute an experiment with what it means to be human. You may wish to review
Chidester’s work for inspiration in crafting your own essay. Be sure to analyze your case with
care, offering ample detail, evidence, and logical argumentation to support your points.
3. You should conclude your essay with a set of theoretical reflections on the question of what
“counts” as religion, and what you take to be the importance of raising and responding to this
question as a student of religion. What is at stake in delineating religion? What is the importance
of querying into religion, and of discerning ulterior forms of religion?
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more