Year 7 Homework
Do you think the differences between
religions are more important than how
similar they are?
This project concludes our first module on how to study world religions. The module and
this project have looked at some of the different symbols that have been used by
religions across the world. In class we have specifically looked at the concept of time and
how religions have used dates to express religious ideas.
For this project you will have to find out about other key religious features in 6 different
world religions as well as working out what are the significant aspects of the religion.
By the end of the project you should be able to
1) Research and describe some of the key features of 6 major world religions
2) Decide whether differences and similarities are equally important in world
Please see below for further information on how to complete your project.
You have to complete 2 tasks. There is also an optional extension task below as well
should you complete this with time to spare.
Copy and complete the table below. You may need to research these using the internet
or using books from the school library.
If you wish to add images and put the information into your own format, please do so.
Place of A key
Religion prophets or Holy Book Holy Place
There is a debate going on in the RE office. 3 of the RE teachers disagree with what is
being said about world religions. Here is what is going on:
What does Mr Chester What does Mr Winter What does Miss Edwards
argue? argue? argue?
Mr. Chester says that world Mr Winter says that world Miss Edwards argues
religions are far too religions are in fact really something slightly
different to have any similar and far more similar different.
similarities. than we would expect.
She says that both
He says that differences He argues that we don't similarities and differences
about how people pray, or need to worry about the are important. She suggests
who they believe in, differences and that it was that the similarities were
whether it is Jesus or the the similarities that were really important because it
Buddha are so different, the more important. tells us something about
religions don't share how religion works and
anything in common. Mr. Winter also says that what you need to have 'a
every religion has a special religion'.
This means the differences holy book and that every
are important because they religion has famous leaders. However, she also says that
show how separate the Mr. Winter argues that this the religions clearly think
different religions are and shows that all the religions different things so perhaps
helps you identify which are similar because they the differences are
religion is which. share so many ideas. important for showing
Perhaps, he says, we only which religion thinks what.
need 1 world religion.
Who do you agree with?
Your task is to write 4 paragraphs. You should write a paragraph on each of the teachers
and say whether you agree or disagree with them.
You should then write a concluding paragraph which answers this question: Do you think
the differences between religions are more important than how similar they are?
In each paragraph you should aim to give evidence you have found in Task A to help
support your argument.
Initially you should return to your answer for Task B and consider whether you might be
able to add in any more detail you might want to use the following points to help you:
How might the dates we have studied throughout the term suggest religions are
similar or different?
Might the fact that religions worship a higher being suggest they are similar?
Some religious groups believe their faith is the only way to heaven. Why might that
man religions have to be considered as different?
There are lots of books in the Learning and Resources Centre on religion, which will help.
If you are stuck DO ASK THE LIBRARIANS FOR HELP!!
You should consider internet search engines, such as Goggle, to find extra information.
You must take care over the source you are using! Remember that Wikipedia can be
updated by anyone!!
These websites may prove useful!
Religious Tolerance - http://religioustolerance.org/rel_info.htm
BBC Religions – http://bbc.co.uk/religion/religions
Woodlands Junior School - helpful for setting information out clearly –
Religious Worlds - http://religiousworlds.com/
Which Religion -http://whichreligion.com/
Remember if you get stuck – please don’t hesitate to contact your RE teacher and
speak to them. They will be more than happy to help.
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