Week 2 – second journal in Parallel Myths – two Threads and 6 responses

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Read Parallel Myths, Chapter 3, “Beginnings—The Creation Myths,” pp. 37 to 90
Note: Journals will be graded on completeness, display of thinking process, and effort, not grammar.
Your journal will consist of three steps:
Step One: Summarizing (What?)
Chapter 3, “Beginnings–The Creation Myths,” includes fifteen creation myths. Choose eight of these creation myths to summarize. Your summary of each of the eight myths must address these seven questions:
Is anything in existence prior to creation? If yes, what is in existence?
What things may be created and destroyed? What things are eternal?
Is creation planned or accidental? If planned, why?
Who is responsible for creation?
What is the order of creation? That is, what is created first, second, etc.?
What are the main elements of the universe once created?
What is the purpose of this creation story?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUMMARY SHOULD ADD UP TO AT LEAST 500 WORDS.
Step Two: Responding (So What?)
Following the summary, write your reaction to what you have just read (so what?). At this point, you want to explore your reaction to the text and connect the new information to your existing web of knowledge.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A REACTION RESPONSE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 250 WORDS.
Step Three: Analyzing
To analyze these creation stories, answer ALL of the following prompts. In analysis, you must include your opinions in answering the questions and evidence and reasoning to support your opinions.
What can we learn about the variety in human cultures by looking at the various creation stories? What are the similarities and differences among the stories?
What literary techniques and elements do these stories share? (See attached PowerPoint presentation)
What are the features of creation stories that are most relevant to the everyday life of members of the society? Why do cultures need creation stories? Do codes of conduct gain adherents more easily if based on a creation story?
Of the eight creation stories that you summarized, which gods seem like “real” gods, and which ones seem more like human ancestors? What influence would these god “characters” have on the culture of origin? What are the relationships between the human characters and the god characters in the ten stories you summarized? What does the nature of these relationships have to say about the place of humans in the world?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ANALYSIS RESPONSES SHOULD ADD UP TO AT LEAST 600 WORDS.



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The following task are Two Threads with their responses , one in Creation Myths and one in Myth vs. Science
so that will be 8 posts in the end
2 Threads
6 responses


INITIAL POSTS (2) DUE WEDNESDAY OF WEEK 2 BY 11:59 PM
REPLIES TO OTHERS’ POSTS (6) DUE FRIDAY OF WEEK 2 BY 11:59 PM
THIS FORUM REQUIRES PARTICIPATION IN 2 THREADS, RESPONDING WITH AT LEAST 8 POSTS.
After reading Parallel Myths, Chapter 3, “Beginnings—The Creation Myths,” pp. 37 to 90, and completing Reading Journal 2, complete the TWO THREADS in this forum.






– FIRST THREAD





Thread 1: Myth vs. Science

4 POSTS ARE REQUIRED IN THIS THREAD
Please read the article, “Origin Myths,” by Robert Carneiro, located here: http://ncse.com/religion/origin-myths
In ONE INITIAL POST of at least 300 words, answer the following questions:
What do science and creation stories have in common?
What is meant by personal causation and impersonal causation?
What does imagination have to do with creation stories? With science?
Why are myths believable? Why is science sometimes NOT believable?
What is your opinion on the relationship between mythology and science?
In THREE RESPONSE POSTS of at least 150 words, reply to and/or extend other students’ initial posts concerning this prompt.





– SECOND THREAD





Thread 2: Creation Myths
4 POSTS ARE REQUIRED IN THIS THREAD
In ONE INITIAL POST of at least 300 words, answer the following questions, considering the all the creation myths that you read and the eight particular creation stories that you summarized in the second journal for Parallel Myths:
What do most or all of these creation stories have in common?
Which story (or stories) makes the MOST sense to you as far as an explanation of the origin of the Earth and organic life? Which story (or stories) make the least sense to you? WHY?
Which stories had you heard about prior to this class? Which ones were new?
Which story was the most INTERESTING to you? WHY?
Which myths left you with unanswered questions? List a few of your questions as examples.
In THREE RESPONSE POSTS of at least 150 words, reply to and/or extend other students’ initial posts concerning this prompt.



***************I will provide you the 6 students threads to response on them as soon they post it********************