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For your response post (due on September 17th), select a post written by one of your colleagues for Discussion One, and compare the material they provided in their posts to one of the following religions: Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, the Hebrew faith, or Wicca. Compare how the God or Gods are considered to act or control the world differently in each religion. What is human kind’s role in the world in both religions? Speculate on the reasons for the differences. (Please copy and paste the discussion you are responding to into your discussion, so we don’t need to hunt for it. Either put the other Discussion post in quotation marks or italics so we can tell which part is your writing.) Please do not proselytize (try to convert someone to your faith) in your post. That is not the function of this Discussion. The point of this Discussion is to introduce you to ways that the ancient world dealt with religion, and to compare it to more recent religious belief. Do not assess whether one religion is “better” or “truer” or “more correct” than another. You will lose substantial points if you engage in that kind of writing. This post should be at least 500 words long. Post to respond to: Kyle Vue Death and religion were the two main pillars of most ancient civilizations. However in each culture the beliefs on death are varied. Beginning with Ancient Egypt, these people believed in a grand afterlife that began with the mummification to preserve their bodies for life after death. Egyptians didn’t see it as the end but believing they were to be welcomed into a new world called the afterlife. Their afterlife was so meaningful to the Egyptians that they had a book dedicated to spells that would help the dead in the afterlife called the Book of the Dead, but this book translates to the book of the living or even the Egyption Bible because of its significance and importance to the people. Of the many versions of this book only Egyptians who could afford their own individual and unique copy were able to use its contents after death. In these afterlifes it was believed to pass through the Hall of Truth where they would be faced with many tests to determine the paradise they would have in their continuation of life in death. The Book of the Dead at first was only for Royalty and the rich to have a clear path on what to expect and how to navigate after death. Before the beginning of The New Kingdom this book became wanted by more and it became a common book so most Egyptians would be able to be in their afterlife paradises. In Mesopotamia, unlike Egypt, mesopotamians would bury their dead instead of preserving them. They believed there was an afterlife below their world where all of their people went, not taking into account the actions taken when they were alive. The Sumerians also believed in an afterlife except that it was not a paradise as the Egyptians and Mesopotamins believed. Sumerians believed in an afterlife that was dark and horrible no matter how great or awful of a person you were when breathing. These many different beliefs vary in so many ways yet they have continued to be believed and practiced by most people today. Aside from embalming still being used today it is practiced very differently that the process Ancient Egyptians used. As for Mesopatian and Sumerian beliefs of paradise and a world below or today’s version of heaven and hell, those are still very real beliefs of what happens after death. But as a society today we believe what you do when you’re alive determines where you will go unlike everyone goes to the same afterlife. The beliefs between Buddhism and Mesopotamian beliefs are very different. For example, the people of Mesopotamia believed that there was an afterlife after death, whereas Buddhism believed that once people died they’d be reincarnated. Another difference between the two beliefs is their view on gods. While Mesopotamian people adopted new gods whenever they were influenced by other cultures, Buddhist people only look up to Buddha and worship him as a way to respect, but don’t believe in God. In Buddhism, the worshipers of the religion are just trying to attain enlightenment as Buddha attained full enlightenment. In Mesopotamia, worshipers saw their selves at the beck and call of the gods. This is the reason behind them always trying to please the gods and all the gods having some sort of effect on the weather or events that happen.

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