As the title of this course suggests, this class is an exploration into the different living religious traditions of the world. Students will learn to distinguish and appreciate the various ways people define their relationships with the divine and with the world itself. Religions covered during this semester include, but are not limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism and Islam. Goals for students enrolled in this course are to develop the ability to think both empathetically and critically about conflicting religious claims and to gain knowledge of the history and culture of several major religious traditions. The ultimate goal of the course, though, is to enhance the student’s understanding of her own beliefs by better understanding the myriad approaches to spirituality and the divine.
Text: World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery, 4th Edition (St. Mary’s Press)