HinduismBuddhism Confucianism DaoismShinto  Judaism Christianity Islam
Introduction to World Religions
Syllabus
 
DATE
TOPIC/READINGS
9/12 RELIGIOUS RESPONSES ~ An Introduction to Religious Studies
Living Religions (LR): Chapter 1
9/19
JUDAISM ~ Genesis
JUDAISM ~ The Search for Meaning in Rabbinic Judaism
LR: Chapter 8  Religious Autobiography Essay
9/26JUDAISM ~ Contemporary Issues: God on TrialIsrael-Palestine Conflict
CHRISTIANITY ~ The Life of Jesus
CHRISTIANITY ~ Unity & Division in the Early Church
LR: Chapter 9: Introduction-9.4
9/28Contemplative Event: Jewish Contemplation  12:15 PM, Smith Hall (Old Main)
10/3CHRISTIANITY ~ Medieval Catholicism & the Protestant Reformation
CHRISTIANITY ~ Contemporary Issues: Lausanne • Liberation Theology
ISLAM ~ The Prophet Muhammad
LR: Chapter 9: 9.5--9.9 Chapter 10: Introduction-10.4
10/10ISLAM~ The Five Pillars of Islam
ISLAM ~ The Traditions of Islam
ISLAM ~ Contemporary Issues: Jihad • Women & Islam 
LR: Chapter 10: 10.5-10.11
10/17 DAOISM/CONFUCIANISM ~ Ancestor Veneration in the Chinese Tradition
DAOISM ~ The Way of Wuwei
DAOISM ~ The Organization of the Dao
LR: Chapter 6: Introduction-6.4 Contemplative Event or Religious Service Essay
10/19Contemplative Event: Midfulness Meditation 4:00 PM, Heininger Auditorium (LAC)
10/23
Contemplative Event: Christian Labyrinth 4:15 PM, Heininger Auditorium (LAC)
10/24
CONFUCIANISM ~ The Moral Foundation of Chinese Religion
SHINTO ~ The Way of the Kami
SHINTO ~ Shinto Shrines and Popular Practices
LR: Chapter 6: 6.5-6.7 Chapter 7
10/31 HINDUISM ~ The Vedic Roots of Hinduism
HINDUISM ~ The Four Paths of Yoga
HINDUISM ~ Shaktas, Shaivites and Vaishnavites
LR: Chapter 3
11/7 HINDUISM ~ Contemporary Issues: Caste • Widows 
BUDDHISM ~ Shakyamuni and the “Tradition of the Elders”
BUDDHISM ~ Chan/Zen: “Self Power” in Mahayana Buddhism
LR: Chapter 5: Introduction-5.4
11/8
Contemplative Event: Midfulness Meditation 8:00 PM, Smith Hall (Old Main)
11/14
BUDDHISM ~ Pure Land: “Other Power” in Mahayana Buddhism
BUDDHISM ~ Contemporary Issues: Mindfulness • Mizuko Kuyo
RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY • Concluding Reflections
LR: Chapter 5: 5.5-5.8 LR: Chapter 13
11/21
Contemplative Event or Religious Service Essay