World Religions • Old

The purpose of this course is to explore the cultural conditions in which the world’s major religions were developed, legitimized, and later employed. The rhetoric, rituals, and structures of these religions will be analyzed as historical phenomena, within specific socio–political contexts. As such, this course is developed in accordance with the MTSR: Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Religion.


Introduction

  • Week 1: The Academic Study of Religion

St Peter's Basillica
Vatican City

Major Religions of the World

  • 33% Christian
  • 25% Muslim
  • 20% Asian Religions
  • 15% Nonreligious
  • 5% Indigenous Religions

Unit I. Asia

  • Week 2: Hinduism
  • Week 3: Buddhism
  • Week 4: Confucianism
  • Week 5: Daoism

Unit II. Abraham

  • Week 6: Judaism
  • Week 7: Early Christianities
  • Week 8: Roman Christianity
  • Week 9: Islam

Unit III. Colonization

  • Week 10: The Holy Land
  • Week 11: Indigenous Religions
  • Week 12: Reformation in Europe

Unit IV: Modernity

  • Week 13: Religion in America
  • Week 14: Religion in the 20th Century
  • Week 15: The Future of Religion