RE 109 World Religions
F2B 2011 BL
Epperson, David G.
B.S. Secondary Education, M.DIV (Master of Divinity), M.A. Humanities
BLDG # 616, Room # 10
1:30pm - 2:00pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays, (before class)
October 17, 2011 - December 11, 2011
2:00 - 4:30 PM
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Instructor Learning Outcomes
Daily Written Assignments (1-10)...........................10%
Term Paper Presentation...........................................5%
Mid-Term (Based upon textbook and lecture).........30%
A - 100% - 90% 100-90 points
B - 90% - 80% 89-80 points
C - 80% - 70% 79-70 points
D - 70% - 60% 69-60 points
F - <60% <59 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
2. All discussions will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions focused on the subject at hand.
3. Courtesy in the classroom should be maintained at all times. No profanity in the classroom, and students will not have private conversations.
4. Active cell phones, PDAs, pagers, Ipods, and laptop computers are not permitted during class instruction unless directly used in a presentation. In other words, do not use any form of electronic communication or device during class. Cell phones may be placed on vibrate in case there is an emergency.
Written Assignment due on October 25: Paragraph One: How were the Aztecs involved in maintaining the universe? Paragraph Two: Which group and its religion (In Chapter One) do you find most appealing and why? If none of them appeal to you, explain why.
Written Assignment due on October 27: Paragraph One: Which is more important in the division of labor among gods and goddesses, gender or morality? Why? Paragraph Two: What elements of African Religions do you find either interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Discussion on the origins of Hinduism in both India and in the United States.
Written Assignment due on November 1: Paragraph One: What conflicts do devout Hindus face in their careers in business, technology, and science in both India and in the United States? Paragraph Two: What elements of Hinduism do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Chapter Four: "Buddhism"
Discussion of Buddhism before and after the Buddha, and a look at Buddhism in Asia and in the United States.
Written Assignment due on November 3: Paragraph One: How might the Buddha's teachings and practices affect his followers in a capitalist society? Paragraph Two: What elements of Buddhism do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Thursday, November 3, 2011, Chapter Six: "Religions of China and Japan"
Discussion on Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
Written Assignment due on November 8: Paragraph One: Describe the teachings in China that competed with those of Confucius? Paragraph Two: What elements of either Daoism, Confucianism, or Shinto do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Pre-Test for Mid-Term
Discussion on the historical developments in Judaism to include: Postexillic Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, Medieval Judaism, and Judaism in the Modern Age.
Written Assignment due on November 10: Paragraph One: Why do the Jews honor King David and King Solomon? Paragraph Two: What elements of Judaism do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Written Assignment due on November 15: Paragraph One: Since Jews are always conscious of the Holocaust, why are memorials and museums of the Holocaust so essential for them? Paragraph Two: Give your impressions. How could something like the Holocaust occur? Could something like that happen again in the present time?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Chapter Nine: "Christianity"
Discussion on the teachings of Jesus, Saul of Tarsus, Roman persecution, Monasticism, and the Crusades.
Written Assignment due on November 17: Paragraph One: How did the Roman Government influence early Christianity? What did you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Thursday, November 17, 2011, Chapter Nine: "Christianity continued........."
Discussion on the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Reformation, and other forms of Protestant Christianity.
Written Assignment due on November 22: Paragraph One: What splits and reforms occurred in Christian Churches in the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries? Paragraph Two: What is your opinion of Luther and Henry VIII, and should they have broken away from the Catholic Church? Explain & Clarify?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Chapter Ten: "Islam"
Discussion on the history of Islam, beliefs, practices, and the Muslim response to modernism.
Written Assignment due on November 29: Paragraph One: How do Muslims, Jews, and Christians differ on the person and role of Jesus? Paragraph Two: Do you believe that Islam is a religion of peace or violence? Explain and provide evidence.
Discussion on the newer forms of older religions.
Written Assignment due on December 1: Paragraph One: What characteristics, if any, do leaders of new religions share with each other? Paragraph Two: Do newer religions offer any features that you find attractive? If so, name them and explain why they seem desirable. If not, explain why.
Thursday, December 1, 2011, Chapter Twelve: "Globalization and World Religions"
Discussion on Globalization and its impact on the religions of the world.
Written Assignment due on December 6: Paragraph One: Are religions essentially compatible, incompatible, or hostile to globalization? Explain? Paragraph Two: Is globalization essentially good or bad? Why?
Pre-Test for Final Exam
Thursday, December 8, 2011, Final Exam
Sunday, December 11, 2011, End of the Semester
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Presentations of Term papers: Presentations are 5-7 minutes in length, followed by questions from your fellow students. Presentations will be thorough and clear.
Written Assignments: There are 12 written assignments, but students are only required to submit 10 written assignments. Extra credit (two points) is awarded to those who complete all 12.
Participation points are awarded if a student is present for class discussions. An excused absence will not earn participation points.
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