COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
REL 231-232 - RELIGIONS
OF THE WORLD I-II (3 CR.)
Studies religions of
the world with attention to origin, history, and doctrine. Lecture 3 hours
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To introduce students
to the attitudes of other cultures and to other religions and philosophic
ideas. There will be a use of the critical methods of interpretation introduced
in the twentieth century. There will be a study of the interplay of belles
letters and wisdom literature.
ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
At the completion of
this seminar, students will have developed a comprehension of what religion
is in varied cultural settings. Specifically, students should be able to
MAJOR ELEMENTS OF CONTENT
Distinguish among terms
such as religion, theology, and metaphysics.
Identify recurring types
of world religions: mysticism, loving devotion, obedience and law, and
the golden rule
Use methods of criticism
in the study of religion
Witness the role great
religious founders have filled in human history
Appreciate the distinctive
genius of each great religion studied.
Hinduism: a critical survey
of Vedic and Brahmanic literature and thought forms
Mahayana, and Zen; personalism and detachment; the central philosophy of
Confucianism: the high
ethical religion of China.
Taoism: the law of the
universe and its dialectical unfolding
the Chinese-Japanese TAG, Hundu Dharma, Buddhist Dhamma, Humanist rights,
Judaic Torah, Muslim Shariah, Christian spirit
Religion as metaphor:
interplay of belles letters and wisdom literature.