How I would Study for the Final Exam

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How I Would Study for the Final Exam
1) Have you done ALL of the reading? If not DO IT NOW! There's still time to repent before the judgment! It has been calculated that the "apocalypse" will occur on Wednesday, May 7 at 2:45 PM. (Unlike William Miller, your professor is certain that this date is correct! So don't count on a "Great Disappointment"!) There WILL be questions on the exam about things in the reading that we did not cover in class. (Remember your reading is a supplement to what we cover in class. Not just going over the same things).

Here's the reading you should have done for this exam:

Albanese 49-71; 217-238; 250-278; 283-292


Deck, "The Challenge of Evangelical/Pentecostal Christianity to Hispanic Catholicism"

Shipps, "The Genesis of Mormonism"

Sarna, "The Debate over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue"

Moore, "Seeking Jewish Spiritual Roots in Miami and Los Angeles"

Eck: 80-140; 142-180


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, "The Church Under Fire: How Much is Fair?"

Kelly, "Violating a Sacred Trust"

Buckley, "Lawlessness in Boston"

Udel-Lambert, "Born in the U.S.A.";

Hathout, "Challenges Facing American Muslim Women"

Hasan, "Halal, Haram and Sex and the City"

Emerick, "The Fight for the Soul of Islam in America"

Khan, "A Memo to American Muslims"

2) Reading Listed On the Syllabus that will NOT be on the Exam. As announced in class, you do NOT have to read the following material:

Albanese 350-369

Eck 222-251; 260-290

Brown, "The Power to Heal in Haitian Vodou" (in Hackett)

3) Go back over your notes from class. Look for major ideas and concepts.
4) Do you have a good understanding of the major people, movements/denominations,

events, concepts, beliefs etc. covered so far in the course? Here's what we have

basically covered during the first half of the semester:
Roman Catholicism

JUST the segments on the Crisis in the Priesthood. We already covered the other

aspects of Catholicism during the first half of the semester.

Hispanic Americans

Pentecostalism among Hispanics

Catholic Hispanics and the Charismatic Movement

Eastern Orthodoxy: Historical background, Basic Beliefs and How Orthodoxy has adapted to

American Culture

Religious Movement Which Began in the United States:

The Mormons

Apocalyptic Christianity: Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses

Metaphysical Christianity: Christian Science and Unity

Judaism in America

Historical background

The different branches of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform) and their

attempts to adapt to modern American culture.

Hinduism in America

American adaptations of Hinduism such as Vivekenanda, TM, etc.

Hindu Temples as they become established traditional religions in America

(Example: Hare Krishnas and the three temples discussed in Eck)

Buddhism in America

Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana

Expressions of Buddhism in the U.S. (Example: Buddhist Churches of


Islam in America

(Focus upon the online articles and our discussion in class)

The Muslim American Community after 9/11

American Muslim adaptation to American Culture

Muslim Americans and Dating

The Status of Muslim Women in American Islam: Problems and Opportunities

5) Here are some examples of major ideas, concepts and persons from the class notes and the reading. DON'T just memorize quick meanings for these terms. Instead, think about the wider context and how they fit within American religion and culture:



Helena P. Blavatsky


Book of Mormon

Buddhist Churches of America

Buddha of Medicine

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS)

Christian Science

Conservative Judaism

Alan Figueroa Deck

Eastern Orthodox


Mary Baker Eddy

"Eid Muslims"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Charles Filmore

Myrtle Filmore

The Great Disappointment

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America



Hsai Lai Temple


Jehovah's Witnesses

Mixed Seating in the Synagogue and the Status of American Jewish Women

Philip Jenkins

Mordecai Kaplan

Bernard Law


William Miller

New Thought

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

Orthodox Church in America

Orthodox Judaism

Pentecostalism in the Latino Community



Prabhupada--sometimes spelled Prabhupad--Full name was A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada

(sometimes the Prabhupada is left off--sometimes just Prabhupada is used)

Phineas P. Qimby


Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS, Community of Christ)

Reform Judaism

Joseph Rutherford

Charles Taze Russell


Self-Realization Fellowship

Sephardic Jews

Seventh Day Adventists

Science and Health with the Key to the Scriptures

Shakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama)

"Soul Sleep"

Joseph Smith


Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America



Henry David Thoreau

TM (Transcendental Meditation)

The Vedanta Society

Unity School of Christianity


The Watchtower Tract and Bible Society

Ellen G. White

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise

World Parliament of Religions (in America 1893 and 1993)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Brigham Young

6) Use the course online discussion forum to ask questions about things in your notes and to help each other review for the exam. In addition to help from other people in the class, I will be checking into the forum from time to time up through the day of the exam and answering questions too. Ask SPECIFIC questions about things you do not understand. Don't ask general questions. Example of a good question: "I'm not sure I understand what Jehovah's Witnesses believe about holidays. Do they celebrate Christmas?" Example of a lousy question: "Could someone summarize Shipps' article for me?" Also DON'T list five or ten (or fifteen! or twenty!) major terms or concepts and ask people to define them for you. In other words the purpose of the forum is NOT to try to cover up for the fact that you haven't done the reading.

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