Introduction to World Religions
Syllabus
 
DATE
TOPIC/READINGS
9/12 RELIGIOUS RESPONSES ~ An Introduction to Religious Studies
Living Religions (LR): 1.Introduction-1.4
9/14
RELIGIOUS RESPONSES ~ Religious Perspectives/Perspectives on Religion
LR: 1.5-1.9, Chapter 1 Quiz • Religion & Science
9/16JUDAISM ~ Genesis
LR: 8.Introduction-8.1Genesis 1-2
9/19JUDAISM ~ The Search for Meaning in Rabbinic Judaism
LR: 8.2-8.3 • Genesis 3Isaiah 1-2 • Talmud    Belief-O-Matic Essay
9/21JUDAISM ~ The Major Branches of Judaism    Mindfulness Meditation (Old Main/Smith Hall @ 4:00 pm)
LR: 8.4-8.6 (...Reform Judaism and Reconstructionism) • Orthodox • Reform
9/23JUDAISM ~ Contemporary Challenges
LR: 8.6 (Jewish Feminism...), Chapter 8 Quiz • God on Trial • Holocaust (39:00-47:15) • Zionism • FeminismBar Mitzvah 
9/26

CHRISTIANITY ~ The Life of Jesus
LR: 9.Introduction-9.2 • Matthew 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount) • Beatitudes Commentary 

9/28

CHRISTIANITY ~ Unity & Division in the Early Church
LR: 9.3-9.4, 9.5Acts 9 (Conversion of Saul)Galatians 5 • Faith/WorksCouncil of Nicaea

9/30
CHRISTIANITY ~ Medieval Catholicism & the Protestant Reformation
LR: 9.5, 9.7-9.8 • 95 Theses • The Seven SacramentsDefense of the Sacraments
10/3 CHRISTIANITY ~ Contemporary Issues
LR: 9.9, Chapter 9 Quiz •  Lausanne • Liberation TheologyEnvironmentalism 
10/5
ISLAM ~ The Prophet Muhammad
LR: 10.Introduction-10.4Genesis 15-17 & 21 (Abraham and Ishmael) 
10/7
ISLAM~ The Five Pillars of Islam
LR: 10.5  Call to Prayer • Hajj 
10/10ISLAM ~ The Traditions of Islam
LR: 10.6-10.9Sunni/ShiaRumi • Rumi Poem 
10/12
ISLAM ~ Islam in the Modern World    Mindfulness Meditation (Old Main/Smith Hall @ 4:00 pm)
LR: 10.10-10.11 • Jihad • Women & Islam 
10/14
MIDTERM EXAM
10/17 DAOISM/CONFUCIANISM ~ Ancestor Veneration in the Chinese Tradition
Oracle BonesBronzes Qingming Tomb  Ancestors • Veneration    Contemplative Event or Religious Service Essay
10/19DAOISM ~ The Way of Wuwei 
LR: 6.Introduction-6.2 Laozi: 1-10, 37-52 • Zhuangzi: 29-34, 36-40, 50-51 
10/21
DAOISM ~ The Organization of the Dao
LR: 6.3-6.4 An Introduction to Daoist Alchemy (Parts 1-3)Qigong • Acupuncture
10/24
CONFUCIANISM ~ The Moral Foundation of Chinese Religion
LR: 6.5-6.7 • Confucian Religiosity • Confucian Temple
10/26 SHINTO ~ The Way of the Kami    Christian Labyrinth (Heininger/LAC @ 4:15 pm)
LR: 7.Introduction-7.5, Chapter 7 Quiz • Shinto Shrine
10/27-30Mosque Alert    Various Dates/Times @ Meiley-Swallow Theater
10/28
SHINTO ~ Shinto Shrines and Popular Practices
Purification • Shrine Worship • Omiyamairi • Ema • Oharai 
10/31
HINDUISM ~ The Vedic Roots of Hinduism
LR: 3.Introduction-3.1 • Hymn to Agni 
11/2
HINDUISM ~ The Four Paths of Yoga    Jewish Meditation (Old Main/Smith Hall @ 4:00 pm)
LR: 3.2, 3.4-3.5 (...The Guru) • Yoga • Bhagavad Gita • BG (Setting the Scene, Chs. 9 & 11) • Mirabai 
11/4
HINDUISM ~ Shaktas, Shaivites and Vaishnavites
LR: 3.3, 3.5 (Rituals...) • The Unity of God • Hindu Pluralism
11/7 HINDUISM ~ Hinduism in the Modern World
LR: 3.6, Chapter 3 Quiz • Caste • Untouchables • GenderWidows 
11/9 BUDDHISM ~ Shakyamuni and the “Tradition of the Elders
LR: 5.Introduction-5.3 (...Buddhist Temples) Nirvana 
11/11 BUDDHISM ~ From Theravada to Mahayana/“Self Power in the Chan/Zen Tradition
LR: 5.3 (Mahayana...)-5.4 (...Chan and Zen) • Beginner’s Mind • Zazen Regarding Mu • Temple Life
11/14 BUDDHISM ~ Pure Land: “Other Power” in the Mahayana Tradition
LR: 5.4 (Pure Land...)-5.6 • Pure Land Buddhism • Pure Land Sutras (I-IV)
11/16 BUDDHISM ~ From Past to Present, From East to West
LR: 5.7-5.8, Chapter 5 QuizMindfulness • Sarvodaya • Abortion • Mizuko Kuyo 
11/18 RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ~ Concluding Reflections
LR: 13.Introduction-13.8, Chapter 13 Quiz • Diana Eck    Contemplative Event or Religious Service Essay
11/21FINAL EXAM ~ Monday, 1:00-3:00 pm