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Religion 101: Introduction to World Religions
26 hours (6 weeks).
December 2014 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the definition of religion, theories on the origin of religions, the differences between polytheism and monotheism, and types of primal religions and mystery cults; outline origins of Hinduism, its sacred texts, its deities, the castes, the four stages of life and the four aims, and rituals, ceremonies, and festivals; examine the founding of Buddhism and the significance of the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the Middle Way; appraise the beginnings of Confucianism, its five relationships, the concept of the dual soul and its origins in China, Japan, and Korea; classify the origins of Taoism, its texts, the differing sects, and the development of institutional Taoism; demonstrate knowledge of the biography of Muhammad and examine the Qur'an, the five pillars of the Islamic faith, Sharia law, scientific and cultural advancements during the Islamic Golden Age, and the major sects; compare the laws and beliefs of Judaism as outlined in the Torah and Talmud, the history of Christian anti-Semitism in medieval Europe, and holidays and rituals; and relate the basics of the gospels, early Christian church persecution, ties to Judaism, the Crusades, various sects of Christianity, and the major saints and thinkers.
Major topics include: Bygone religion; Hinduism; Buddhism; Confucianism;Taoism; Islam; Judaism; and Christianity.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religion or Philosophy (12/16).