This course examines the complexity of religion as a multidimensional phenomenon characterized by heightened experience, ritual practice, powerful myths, ethical teaching, social organization and theological doctrine. The course explores religious traditions that are alive today and that involve the lives of the majority of people worldwide from the indigenous religions of Africa and North America to the major world religions of the East such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto as well as the western religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Advisory. This is an upper-level religious studies course. Students should have knowledge equivalent to an introductory course in religious studies.
Semester Hours: 3
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