Introduction to World Religions

This course offers an introductory survey of major religious traditions of the world, with specific Page 12 of 141 focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will examine the historical development of each tradition, along with its sacred texts, basic philosophical ideas, patterns of ritual and worship, and specialized institutions Our goal is to provide an objective understanding of each faith tradition on its own terms, and secondarily, to explore how religion is relevant to contemporary social, political and cultural issues. This is an introductory course which presumes no prior expertise in religious studies.

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