6.4: Study Questions

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1. Making use of the framework, reflect on your own involvement in and/or encounter with religion. What ways of being religious have you been involved in? Are there one or two ways to which you are more drawn, and others you have no desire to be involved with? Are there ways you think you would like to learn more about?
2. By means of the framework and the discussion of virtues and vices of the generic ways of being religious in Chapter 5, try to identify from your own observations and experiences instances of generic virtue and generic vice within as many of the ways as you can.
3. What advantages do you see in use of the framework as a guide in the comparative study of religion? Can you identify advantages other than those listed? Identify and explain an example illustrating each of the advantages.
4. Among the promising lines of inquiry listed, is there one or more that particularly strikes your interest? Sketch out how you might go about researching it. What do you foresee to be the contribution of the framework to that area of inquiry?
5. What liabilities or disadvantages do you see in use of the framework as a guide in the comparative study of religion? Can you identify problems other than those listed?

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