HinduismBuddhism Confucianism DaoismShinto  Judaism Christianity Islam
Introduction to World Religions
Syllabus
 
DATE
TOPIC/READINGS
3/26 RELIGIOUS RESPONSES
An Introduction to Religious Studies
Living Religions (LR): Chapter 1
4/2
JUDAISM
Genesis
The Search for Meaning in Rabbinic Judaism
Major Branches
Contemporary Issues: God on TrialIsrael-Palestine Conflict
LR: Chapter 8 Reflection Papers 1 & 2  Religious Autobiography Essay
4/9CHRISTIANITY
The Life of Jesus
Unity & Division in the Early Church
Medieval Catholicism & the Protestant Reformation
Contemporary Issues Lausanne #3 & 12Liberation Theology
LR: Chapter 9 Reflection Papers 3 & 4
4/16 ISLAM
The Prophet Muhammad
The Five Pillars of Islam
The Traditions of Islam
Contemporary Issues Jihad • Women & Islam 
LR: Chapter 10 Reflection Papers 5 & 6
4/17CONTEMPLATIVE EVENT: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
4/22CONTEMPLATIVE EVENT: CHRISTIAN LABYRINTH
Wentz Science Center/Ratio Hall, 4:15 and 4:30 PM
4/23DAOISM/CONFUCIANISM
Ancestor Veneration in the Chinese Tradition
The Way of Wuwei
The Organization of the Dao
Confucianism: The Moral Foundation of Chinese Religion
LR: Chapter 6 Reflection Papers 7 & 8
4/30
SHINTO
The Way of the Kami Purification
Shinto Shrines and Popular Practices
Shinto & the State State Shinto
Contemporary Issues in Postwar Shinto Yasukuni ShrineChurch and State in Japan
LR: Chapter 7 Reflection Papers 9 & 10 Religious Practice or Contemplative Event Essay
5/7 HINDUISM
The Vedic Roots of Hinduism
The Four Paths of Yoga
Shaktas, Shaivites and Vaishnavites
Contemporary Issues Caste • Widows
LR: Chapter 3 Reflection Papers 11 & 12
5/9CONTEMPLATIVE EVENT: HINDU MEDITATION
LAC/Heininger, 12:00-1:00 PM
5/14 HONORS DAY
NO CLASS
5/21 BUDDHISM
Shakyamuni and the “Tradition of the Elders”
Chan/Zen: “Self Power” in Mahayana Buddhism
Pure Land: “Other Power” in Mahayana Buddhism
Contemporary Issues: Mindfulness • Mizuko Kuyo
LR: Chapter 5 Reflection Papers 13 & 14
5/21CONTEMPLATIVE EVENT: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
5/28
RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Concluding Reflections
LR: Chapter 13 Reflection Paper 15  Religious Practice or Contemplative Event Essay