After the introduction to the concept of religion, People and Their Beliefs surveys ten of the promiment living religions of the world. They are: animism of the Third World, religions of India (Hinduism and Sikhism), of East Asia (Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shintoism), and of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). The course treats the origins, development, tenets, and literature of each religion and evaluates each in the light of Christian concepts. The course concludes with an analysis of the departure of heretical sects from orthodox Christian principles. The overall purpose is to stress the abundant life in Christ.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1.Define the term religion and describe its universality, sources, and general purpose.2.Where applicable, give the name of the founder, his birth, life, his prominent characteristics, and his burden or quest.3.Describe the predominant message, tenets, ceremonies, rituals, institutions, and sacred places of each religion.4.Trace the development of each tradition from its founding to its current geographical distribution and numerical strength.5.Describe, with examples, the literature or nonwritten traditional communications sacred to each religion.6.Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of each religion, and compare them with relevant features of Christianity.
Mode of Study
•Lecture•Video (in progress)•Student interaction •Professor of Record Interaction•Hands on
•100 objective multiple choice questions•Online or pencil and paper•Project•Collateral Reading Assignment (for 3 (USA) credit courses•Student Learning Requirement •Passmark 70%