RELI 211: Introduction to Religions of the "West"

RELI 211-002: Religions of the West
(Spring 2023)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Horizon Hall 5018

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Section Information for Spring 2023

In this course, students explore the history, scriptures, beliefs, and practices of the major monotheistic religions that originated among the peoples of the Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Abrahamic religions. The "Western" monotheisms. Two of the three biggest religious traditions in the world by number of adherents. Sound important? It's too much to handle in a single semester, so we'll do deep dives into a series of topics: creation, sin, sexuality, immigration, apocalypticism, scripture, ritual. Best of all, a class like this is for everyone. If you're an observant Muslim, a believing Christian, a secular Jew, an atheist, an ex-Christian, this class is designed to teach you more than you already do about all of these traditions. If you know a lot about these traditons, you still only know a slice of the whole. If you know next to nothing about them, this is a great place to start.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Focuses on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other global and local religions of Europe, Asia Minor, north Africa, and the Americas from historical, comparative, and cross-cultural perspectives. May include modern developments of religions like Mormonism, Baha'ism, and Scientology as well as other religions of ancient Asia Minor like Zoroastrianism. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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