REL2300: Contemporary World Religions: This course is an introduction to contemporary world religions. It draws from interdisciplinary sources to examine the diverse histories, beliefs and practices, and contemporary communities related to five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Goals: At the conclusion of the semester, students will be able to;
- define ‘world religion’ and describe the problems associated the categorization
- recognize the historical foundations and shared beliefs and practices that characterize each of the ‘big five’ world religions recognized in academia; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism
- describe how globalization and diaspora generates diversity and pluralism within each of the world religions
- interpret contemporary religious phenomena by situating modern religious communities within their unique social and historical contexts