Survey of World Religions

Survey of World Religions
Explores the origins, theological doctrines, scriptural works, and religious practices of several internationally religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Comparisions are offered between these religions, and Latter-day Saints belief and practice.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring, Summer
 ProgramsContaining REL C 351
Course Outcomes

Other Religious Beliefs

Students will learn the religious beliefs and practices of others


· Students will learn Judaism, including the following:

o Describe the universal nature of the scriptural covenants of Israelites

o Discuss the origin and development of Judaism during the First Temple Period

o Discuss the origin and development of monotheistic Judaism during the Second Temple Period

o Discuss the components and development of the Hebrew Bible (Torah, etc.) and the Talmud

o Identify and discuss basic doctrines, practices, and festivals of modern Jewish movements


· Students will learn the New Testament origins of Christianity and the nature of early Christian doctrines and practices, including the following:

o Discuss the development of the doctrine of Trinity, and episcopal versus apostolic authority.

o Describe the major traditions within Christianity: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant.


· Students will learn Islam, including the following:

o Remember the history of Muhammad and the first four caliphs

o Discuss the origin and makeup of the Quran, and identify concepts including Hadith and Sharia

o Identify the major factions of Islam-the Sunni and the Shi'a-and remember their origins

Eastern Religious Traditions

· Students will learn Eastern religious traditions, including the following:

o Describe the concept of "monist" theology and cosmology, as represented in "eastern" religion

o Identify the gods of the Hindu Trimurti and their consorts, as well as the avatars of Vishnu

o Identify and discuss major Hindu texts (Baghavad Gita, etc.) and holidays (Holi, etc.)

o Identify the major gurus, scriptures, dietary constraints, and Khalsa elements of Sikh faith

o Discuss events in the life of Sidharta Gautama-the Buddha-that led to his enlightenment

o Identify and discuss the four noble truths and the eightfold middle path of Buddhism

o Discuss basic Daoist philosophy, including the notions of wu wei and complementary opposites

o Discuss the basic concepts of Confucian philosophy, including respect for state, elders, and others

o Discuss and differentiate between the concepts of "monotheism" and "monoist" religious constructs