JudaismChristianityIslamDaoismConfucianismShintoHinduismBuddhism
Introduction to World Religions
Syllabus
 
DATE
TOPIC/READINGS
1/26 RELIGIOUS RESPONSES ~ An Introduction to Religious Studies
Ch. 1 Introduction-1.9, An Object to be Studied, Review, Ch. 1 Quiz
1/28JUDAISM ~ Genesis
Ch. 8 Introduction-8.1    Religious Autobiography Paper
2/2JUDAISM ~ The Search for Meaning in Rabbinic Judaism
8.2-8.3
2/4JUDAISM ~ Major Branches
8.4-8.6, An Evolving Tradition
2/9JUDAISM ~ Contemporary Issues
Review, Ch. 8 Quiz • God on Trial Israel-Palesting Conflict
2/11

CHRISTIANITY ~ The Life of Jesus
Ch. 9 Introduction-9.2    Reflection Paper on Judaism

2/16

CHRISTIANITY ~ Unity and Division in the Early Church
9.3-9.4, 9.6

2/18
CHRISTIANITY ~ Medieval Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation
9.5, 9.7-9.8
Optional
Event
EAST@NCC FILMFEST: AINU MOSIR Saturday, February 20 @ 3:00 pm
Recommended but not required • Co-hosted by East Asian Studies and the Department of Religious Studies
Click link for details
2/23 CHRISTIANITY ~ Contemporary Issues
9.9, Loving Your Neighbor, Review, Ch. 9 QuizLausanne #3 & 12Liberation Theology
2/25
ISLAM ~ The Prophet Muhammad
Ch. 10 Introduction-10.4    Reflection Paper on Christianity
3/2
ISLAM ~ The Five Pillars of Islam
10.5, Muhammad as the Restorer of One True Religion
3/4ISLAM ~ The Traditions of Islam
10.6-10.9
3/9
ISLAM ~ Contemporary Issues
10.10-10.11, Review, Ch. 10 Quiz • Jihad • Women & Islam 
3/11 DAOISM ~ The Way of Wuwei
Ch. 6 Introduction-6.2    Reflection Paper on Islam
3/16DAOISM ~ The Organization of the Dao
6.3-6.4
3/18
CONFUCIANISM ~ The Moral Foundation of Chinese Religion
6.5-6.7, Coexisting and Complementary Value Systems, Review, Ch. 6 Quiz
3/23 SHINTO ~ The Way of the Kami
Ch. 7 Introduction-7.4
3/25
SHINTO ~ Shinto Shrines and Popular Practices
7.5, Veneration and Worship, Review, Ch. 7 Quiz
3/30
HINDUISM ~ The Vedic Roots of Hinduism
Ch. 3 Introduction-3.1    Reflection Paper on East Asian Religions
4/1
HINDUISM ~ The Four Paths of Yoga
3.2, 3.4, The Countless Faces of the Divine
Optional
Event
EAST@NCC FILMFEST: CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH Saturday, April 3 @ 3:00 pm
Recommended but not required • Co-hosted by East Asian Studies and the Department of History
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4/6
HINDUISM ~ Shaktas, Shaivites and Vaishnavites
3.3, 3.5
4/8 HINDUISM ~ Contemporary Issues
3.6, Review, Ch. 3 Quiz • CasteWidows 
4/13 BUDDHISM ~ Shakyamuni and the “Tradition of the Elders
Ch. 5 Introduction-5.2    Reflection Paper on Hinduism
4/15 BUDDHISM ~ “Self Power in the Chan/Zen Tradition
5.3-5.4
4/20 BUDDHISM ~ “Other Power” in the Pure Land Tradition
5.5-5.6 • Amitabha Buddha in Minutes
4/22 HONOR’S DAY
4/27 BUDDHISM ~ Contemporary Issues
5.7-5.8, The Interconnectedness of Life, Review, Ch. 5 Quiz • Mindfulness • Mizuko Kuyo
4/29 RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ~ Concluding Reflections
Ch. 13 Introduction-13.8, Its Impact Now and in the Future, Review, Ch. 13 Quiz    Reflection Paper on Buddhism
5/6   Comparative Paper
 
Confucianism