rel134 | undergraduate
World Religious Traditions II
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Nature of Religion
- Discuss the difference between the academic study of religion and devotional practice.
- Explain what is essential in a definition of religion.
- Recognize what religion is, where it comes from, and what human purposes it serves.
- Identify the commonalities among the three Western religions.
- Discuss religion and ethics.
- Summarize approaches and critical issues in the study of religion.
- Describe the history of Judaism and the importance of the Hebrew scriptures.
- Compare key differences and similarities among the major sects of Judaism.
- Explain the holy days in Judaism and any related symbols, rituals, or beliefs.
- Discuss Hebrew/Jewish religious ethics.
- Summarize the history of Christianity and the importance of the Christian Bible.
- Identify differences and similarities among Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christianity.
- Explain the rituals, symbols, holy days, and core beliefs in Christianity.
- Discuss Christian ethics.
- Summarize the history of Islam and the importance of the Qurâan as sacred text.
- Identify differences and similarities among Sunni, Shiite, and Sufi branches of Islam.
- Explain the Five Pillars and Ramadan in Islam.
- Discuss Islamic ethics.
Religion in the Modern World
- Compare the roles of women in the three traditions both historically and today.
- Identify contemporary challenges that Western religions face today.
- Describe the common beliefs and ethics of the three religions.
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