Introduction to World Religions
Syllabus
 
DATE
TOPIC/READINGS
8/19 RELIGIOUS RESPONSES ~ An Introduction to Religious Studies
Ch.apter 1 Introduction-1.4
8/23
CLASS CANCELED (BUT NOT THE HOMEWORK)
1.5-1.9, An Object to be Studied, Chapter 1 Quiz
8/26JUDAISM ~ Genesis
Chapter 8 Introduction-8.1    Religious Autobiography Paper
8/30JUDAISM ~ The Search for Meaning in Rabbinic Judaism
8.2-8.3
9/2 LABOR DAY
9/3 Mindfulness Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
9/6JUDAISM ~ Major Branches
8.4-8.6, An Evolving Tradition
9/9JUDAISM ~ Contemporary Issues
Chapter 8 Quiz • God on TrialIsrael-Palesting Conflict
9/13

CHRISTIANITY ~ The Life of Jesus
Chapter 9 Introduction-9.2

9/16

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

9/18 Christian Labyrinth Meditation: Wentz Science Center/Stevenson Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
9/20
CHRISTIANITY ~ Medieval Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation
9.5, 9.7-9.8
9/23 CHRISTIANITY ~ Contemporary Issues
9.9, Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself, Chapter 9 QuizLausanne #3 & 12Liberation Theology
9/27
ISLAM ~ The Prophet Muhammad
Chapter 10 Introduction-10.4
9/30
ISLAM~ The Five Pillars of Islam
10.5, Muhammad as the Restorer of One True Religion
10/4ISLAM ~ The Traditions of Islam
10.6-10.9
10/7
ISLAM ~ Contemporary Issues
10.10-10.11, Chapter 10 Quiz • Jihad • Women & Islam 
10/10 Mindfulness Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
10/11 DAOISM ~ The Way of Wuwei
Chapter 6 Introduction-6.2   Religious Practice or Contemplative Event Paper
10/14 FALL BREAK
10/18DAOISM ~ The Organization of the Dao
6.3-6.4
10/21
CONFUCIANISM ~ The Moral Foundation of Chinese Religion
6.5-6.7, Coexisting and Complementary Value Systems, Chapter 6 Quiz
10/22Jewish Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 12:00-1:00 PM
10/25 SHINTO ~ The Way of the Kami
Chapter 7 Introduction-7.4
10/28
SHINTO ~ Shinto Shrines and Popular Practices
7.5, Veneration and Worship, Chapter 7hist33 Quiz
11/1
HINDUISM ~ The Vedic Roots of Hinduism
Chapter 3 Introduction-3.1
11/4
HINDUISM ~ The Four Paths of Yoga
3.2, 3.4, The Countless Faces of the Divine
11/7 Christian Labyrinth Meditation: Wentz Science Center/Stevenson Hall, 12:00-1:00 PM
11/8
HINDUISM ~ Shaktas, Shaivites and Vaishnavites
3.3, 3.5
11/11 HINDUISM ~ Contemporary Issues
3.6, Chapter 3 Quiz • CasteWidows 
11/15 BUDDHISM ~ Shakyamuni and the “Tradition of the Elders
Chapter 5 Introduction-5.2
11/18 BUDDHISM ~ “Self Power in the Chan/Zen Tradition
5.3-5.4
11/20 Mindfulness Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM
11/22 BUDDHISM ~ “Other Power” in the Pure Land Tradition
5.5-5.6
11/25 BUDDHISM ~ Contemporary Issues
5.7-5.8, The Interconnectedness of Life, Chapter 5 Quiz • Mindfulness • Mizuko Kuyo 
11/29 THANKSGIVING
12/2 RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ~ Concluding Reflections
Chapter 13 Introduction-13.8, Its Impact Now and in the Future, Chapter 13 Quiz
12/6   Religious Practice or Contemplative Event Paper