Comparative Religion

Course Description

Major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are surveyed in their historical, literary, and historical contexts. The sociology of religion is extensively addressed, and parallels in myths, rituals, conversion, and rites of passage are compared. Recent and contemporary religious trends are also addressed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the place of one’s religious tradition in relation to the other religious traditions studied.
  • Appreciate the importance of building tolerance for people of other religious traditions through understanding those traditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how religious beliefs impact the different social systems of major cultures.
  • Identify different ways of understanding and experiencing the divine.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how religious beliefs inform and influence concepts of the self, of society, and of the world as a whole.

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