(Answered) RELI 448N Week 8 Discussion: Contemporary Religions

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 12
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source 

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, address all of the following:

  • What are some of the challenges facing major religious traditions in the modern world? As nurses, what are some of the particular issues that you might encounter with patients regarding the intersection of faith and healthcare (see the Science and Ethical Issues section of Chapter 12; you can address one or more of the issues noted in this section)? How might the material covered in this course affect the way in which you respond to these concerns?
  • Select one of the topics from Chapter 12 listed under Modern Influences on the Future of Religion and examine how modern religious traditions are dealing with these contemporary challenges. If you identify with a particular religious tradition, how has your religious tradition responded to the topic you have chosen? Make sure that you support your answer.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts
  • Initial Post Length: 200-300 words
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


I just think religious life is in a great amount of change right now and that’s a good thing. It can be scary but it’s a good thing. We can’t just be looking at the externals. Saying the numbers have shifted, ministries have shifted, people can’t be in the parishes or the place they once were—those are simply externals. There was a point in time when we desperately needed schools and hospitals in the United States. Religious communities provided that, and they also helped parishes grow. I think we’re in a different moment now. There’s both dying and new life happening.

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