Preview 6 on James Name Institutional affiliation Preview 6 on James In his book of The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study of Human in Human Nature William James notes that “the visible world is part of a more spiritual universe from which it draws its chief significance.” This implies that there is a higher abstract power that makes the universe appear the way it does. The world does not consist of only the earth but all the dwellers and the non-living matter. The author argues that God is the spiritual part and everything acquires its being from His supernatural power. The question as to whether God exists or not has also been answered as the author accepts that indeed god exists. and sects is regrettable. The answer the author says “‘No’ emphatically”. He proceeds to say that given the different requirements by man there is need for the existence of as many gods and religions so that all needs are catered for. The author says “If we are sick souls we require a religion of deliverance; but why think so much of deliverance if we are healthy-minded?” If all men pursued the religion that satisfies their wants they will lead happy and fulfilling lives. Tolerance for one another is also key to peace that begets happiness William James puts it “…but for each man to stay in his own experience whate’er it be and for others to tolerate him there is surely best.” [...]
After reading the assignment and using the tools you will learn from Adler’s book, you will be identifying the author’s KEY POINT, i.e. what it is that the author wants you to understand (not merely to know) that you may not have understood or believed before? This “point” of the reading will necessarily come down to a set of answers to one or more of the “basic philosophical-religious questions” (BPRQs) – always, in one way or another, directly or indirectly. These are the questions to which every human being must have some sort of answer in order to make choices in life. They are: 1) What is the nature of the universe? 2) What is the nature of man? 3) Therefore, what must we do to be happy? Hence, to ensure that you score a good grade on your previews do the following: Structure your Previews by writing three paragraphs, each one corresponding to one of the three BPRQs. That is, 1) What is the nature of the universe, that is, the author’s big idea, main point, or worldview? 2) What is the nature of man? 3) Therefore, what must we do to be happy? Each paragraph will be graded according to the following three categories: A) Essential Point – What is the author’s thesis (state or implied answer to the BPRQ)? B) Essential Text – What text supports the author’s answer? In this section you will need to quote from the text. C) Logical Analysis – How exactly does the author argue for this answer? The average of all nine grades will be the overall Preview grade, but you will be able to see the three grades for each paragraph so that you will know exactly where points were deducted and how you may improve. A good preview will be grammatically and stylistically sound. It should NOT be dictated, but revised, structured, and edited. I will post a sample for you to get an idea. Previews should be around 650-750 words in length, not counting extend quotations, and are to be submitted to the Turnitin Dropbox for the designated week, where you will receive comments and grades. Make sure that you see my comments on the turnitin. If you see my comments, I will know that. If you don’t, I will know that as well. It is important that you see my comments because you would want to know and develop writing practices that are helping you score and shun those that aren’t necessary.