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1 Year 8: RE Project One - Sources of Religious Authority Title: Where does religious authority come from? Timescale: This work MUST be handed in on the...at the beginning of your lesson Overview: In this task, you will identify the sources of authority within either Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism or Sikhism. You will then examine these sources in more detail for one religion. Objectives: To successfully complete this project, you will need to: Identify the important sources of authority for each religion. Explain the sources of authority for one religion. Demonstrate the knowledge gained during the research task. Detail: The project is made up of three tasks. To achieve a good level, you need to complete all parts to the best of your ability. Task 1: On pages 2 and 3 of this pack are a list of sources of religious authority. You need to carefully select these and write them into the correct places on page 4. Do this neatly as you will need to hand in your completed matching exercise. You need to complete this task in your own time using the internet or other books (you may want to use the books in the school library). If you want to use the internet, a useful website is: Task 2: Once you ve completed the matching exercise, you need to write a report on one of the world s religions. The writing frame on page 5 will help you to structure your report. You should not copy the writing frame word for word. Your report needs to explain the different sources of authority within the religion. Again, the BBC website ( is a good source of information. However, you should not get all your information from one source. A website which gives a useful summary of authority is: (choose Authority from the topic list and then select your chosen religion.) Task 3: Once you ve completed all the writing tasks for this project, you need to try to remember the following information for each religion: deity (God) founder / prophets holy book Special times Places of worship You will be tested on these during the final lesson of this module, (the lesson in which you will hand in your completed project!) 1

2 BRAHMAN NO DEITY JEHOVAH GOD NO NAMED FOUNDER GURU NANAK SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA ABRAHAM, MOSES, DAVID, ISAIAH (AND OTHERS) TIPITAKA (AND OTHERS) BHAGAVAD GITA, THE VEDAS (AND OTHERS) THE GURU GRANTH SAHIB THE TORAH 2

3 RELEASE FROM PAIN AND SUFFERING THROUGH A BALANCED LIFE. THERE IS ONE GOD, ALL HUMANS ARE EQUAL, SERVING OTHERS IS GOOD BRAHMAN, ATMAN, KARMA, MOKSHA, DHARMA THE COVENANT, JUDGEMENT & REPENTANCE, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS GURPURBS ANNIVERSARIES), VAISAKHI (AND OTHERS) ROSH HASHANAH, PESACH (AND OTHERS) DIVALI, HOLI AND OTHER FESTIVALS WESAK HOME AND SYNAGOGUE TEMPLES AND SHRINES IN THE HOME GURDWARA (GATEWAY TO THE GURU) AND AT HOME TEMPLES, SHRINES, STUPAS, NATURAL PLACES 3

4 BUDDHISM HINDUISM SIKHISM JUDAISM deity (God) founder / prophet holy book Major beliefs Special times Places of worship 4

5 Use this format to help you write about the sources of authority in your chosen religion. Name: Tutor: Year 8: RE Project 1 - Sources of Religious Authority In this report, I am going to write about (name of religion). I have chosen this religion because As with all religions, the idea of authority is important for (name of believers). The main source of authority is the deity (God-like figure), which in this religion is called (name of deity, if there is one). Followers of this religion believe these things about their God Certain people also have authority within (name of religion). Some of the most important people within this religion are the founders and prophets. The names of these are These founders and prophets are important because (name of believers) read the (name of the holy book). During services which are held at the (name of the place of worship) the teachings of the holy book are explained to the people by the (title of the person who leads the service). The holy book is so important because it contains These sources of authority all influence the major beliefs of the religion. These beliefs are As a sign of respect to one or more of these sources of authority, festivals are held. Within (name of religion) two important festivals are and (name of two festivals). During (choose one festival) all of these things happen In conclusion, authority is very important within (name of religion). The sources of authority influence the (name of believers) in the following ways. I hope you have enjoyed reading my report and have learned a lot. 5

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