Introduction to Religion-Religion This comprehensive introduction to the nature and variety of religious belief and practice 1 explores the issues in the study of religion, 2 examines the universal forms of religious experience, 3 offers a cross-cultural study of a broad range of classic types of religious belief and practice in terms of the seven basic concepts of a religious world-view, and 4 surveys the challenges faced by religions today. Addresses such questions as: How do religions offer different answers to basic human questions?
Course Requirements This is an online class introducing you to the comparative study of religion and to religious traditions from around the world.
You can expect to learn fundamentals of several religious traditions--although it does not offer a complete survey of world traditions. You can expect to learn to think critically about the issues that religion presents to the world today.
You will also gain an understanding of the approaches scholars use to understand religion. The course is organized into five learning modules, each of which requires completing lessons and exercises.
Modules 2 - 5 will also require a short formal essays: At the end of the semester, students will also be required to post a web-presentation based on research into a case of religion, which will serve as a capstone of their work through the semester.
A list of topics will be provided, but students may also propose their own.
In addition, students are required to participate in weekly discussion forums responding to prompts provided by the professor.
The breakdown of value for each element of class is as follows: An Introduction through Cases, 3rd edition by Gary E. Additional readings are provided to students within online learning modules. Course Subjects Learning Module 1: This provides an introduction to the way the academic study of religion is organized.
This unit will explore how scholar's examine concepts of the sacred, primarily through concepts of sacred power and sacred space.
The third module helps students then see how scholars look at myth, ritual, and religious experience. Morality, Evil, and Destiny: The fourth module familiarizes students with the various traditions within scholarship for understanding, explaining, and interpreting religious experience and the ways religions provide adherents with methods of understanding suffering and evil in the world, and for constructing moral lives.
It also includes an examination of various understandings of human destiny and fate, including understandings of the afterlife. Pluralism, Politics, and Social Organization: The fifth and final module looks in-depth at the social scientific study of religion, with an emphasis on how scholars look at the intersection of religion and politics, and how scholars analyze the social organization of religion, and the issues and realities of religious pluralism in the world today.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the structure and ritual life of religious communities, including significant holidays and rituals.
Students will demonstrate a grasp of the methodology of the study of religion. Students will develop skills in critically analyzing religion and comparing particular aspects of religious traditions. Students will develop skills in reading source texts as documents of religious life. Students will develop skills in observing and critically analyzing religion in the contemporary world.Religion and Globalization (Introduction) Beyer‘s analysis of ‗‗The Religious System of Global Society‘‘ poses the problem with great subtlety.
It states that globalisation involves the expansion of religion, as elaborated in modern European Christian societies, that is to say as a differentiated subsystem (from science, law.
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