Through lectures, reading and discussion this course introduces the student to the great religions of the world with attention to how they have taken shape in America. The course explores the emergence and meanings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, the theistic Western religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and some less common religions. Subjects to be covered will include: religious ideas and institutions; myths, rituals, cosmologies, systems of meaning and salvation.
Reserve Reading (Out-of-print):
Recommended Related Material:
It is a regular assignment for you to consult the Group Web Site. For Discussion and Interaction with Chat. Also please sign up for the Listserver, add your phone number to the database, take the polls, check for information on the calendar and in the shared files and links.
Requirements: Midterm exam; final exam; completion of all assigned readings; attendance at classes; participation in discussions; visit to a place of worship or museum exhibit of a religion that is not your own.
In each unit the student will read the chapters of texts in Novak and Neusner. Several units may take more than one week to cover.
6. Confucianism; Chinese Religions; Taoism
7. Japanese Religions; Shinto
11. Native Religions; New Age Spirituality
Additional Topics to be covered as time permits: