IN TERMS OF ROY ROBSON’S THINK: WORLD RELIGIONS TEXTBOOK, DISCUSS IN 6-8 FULL MLA-FORMATTED PAGES WITH 1” MARGINS HOW, FOR WHATEVER BENEFITS IT MIGHT HAVE, IT MIGHT LIMIT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF RELIGION OVERALL. YOU WILL NEED AT LEAST 7 REPUTABLE OUTSIDE SOURCES AS RESEARCH TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT.
For all of its useful and accessible information of World Religions, how might the Robson textbook limit your ability to think about what constitutes religion? No textbook is ever perfect, and instructors attempt to offer books that will best serve their students. However, having used a book and benefitted from it does not mean it’s beyond critique. In fact, perhaps the best demonstration of having learned from a text in a class is being able to turn around and offer commentary on it.
You have three goals for this paper:
1. Identify, through reliable and reputable outside research, at least three distinct conceptions and definitions of religion;
2. Apply those three concepts of religion to what you feel Robson presents it as in THINK: World Religion; and
3. Determine, using specific examples, how Robson’s publication might impair your ability to view religion in terms of your selected theories.
Moreover, you are expected to fashion a guiding thesis statement offering a view of why Robson’s textbook operates as it does. That is, why would he (or his publishers/editors) not feature these other notions of religion? What explains this lapse that you now perceive?
Please note: This is not necessarily a critique of the book nor students’ evaluation of it. You are not being asked what you liked or disliked, agreed with or disagreed with, and you are not being asked to comment on its formatting, its packaging, or its layout (unless it directly pertains to limits on understanding religion). Students need to focus on the concept of religion, what outside and reputable sources have to say on it, and then how those are either curtailed, overlooked, or misrepresented by Robson’s text.
Advice from the Instructor: (1) Look into Robson’s other scholarship. (2) Read public critiques of THINK: World Religions, especially its earlier editions. (3) Search widely for alternate models of religion from past scholars and theologians.
As usual, the paper should have no more than 2-3 errors of mechanics or usage per page. Provide a Works Cited in MLA format at the end of the paper for all in-text citations (which are themselves required).