RE 109 World Religions
S2I 2012 EM
Caserta, Harold H.
B.S. Biblical StidiesMaster of Divinity
USS IWO JIMA
Tuesday & Friday
Textbook: Matthews, Warren, World Religions. Sixth Edition, 2010, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3098. ISBN - 13: 978-0-495-60385-6
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My educational philosophy interaction between lecture, reading, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as collective learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Class Participation & Discussion............................10%
Weekly Written Assignments (1-10)......................20%
Mid-Term (Based on textbook and lecture)...........25%
Final Exam (Based on textbook and lecture)..........25%
A - 100% - 90% 100-90 points
B - 89% - 80% 89-80 points
C - 79% - 70% 79-70 points
D - 69% - 60% 69-60 points
F - <59% <59 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
If an assignment is submitted late, one letter grade is deducted from the original grade. If it is over one week late, it will not be accepted. If an exam is missed, it must be made up during the next scheduled class. Plan ahead and let me know if for some reason you will be absent. I am willing to work with students. Please note that all books must be purchased by the third week of class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Personal perspectives will be valued. No personal or character attacks are allowed; however, it is acceptable to appropriately challenge a position of the author, the teacher, or another student based on educational constructs.
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.
Friday, August 17, 2012, Orientation, Syllabus review, ground rules, questions and answers. Also, we'll review and discuss the Introduction: "Common Features of Most Religions," and "What is a Worldview?"
No Written Assignment.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Chapter One: "Religions of the Americas"
Discussion on the common features of North American Religions.
Written Assignment due on August 24: 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.
Quiz on Chapter one.
Friday, August 24, 2012, Chapter Two: "Religions of Africa"
Discussion on the historical development and common features of the Religions of Africa.
Written Assignment due on August 28: 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?
Quiz on Chapter two.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Chapter Three: "Religions Arising in India"
Discussion on the origins of Hinduism in both India and in the United States.
Written Assignment due on August 31: 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?
Quiz on Chapter three.
Friday, August 31, 2012, 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 September 4: 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?
Quiz on Chapter four.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Chapter Six: "Religions of China and Japan"
Discussion on Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
Written Assignment due on September 7: 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?
Quiz on Chapter six.
Friday, September 7, 2012, Chapter Eight: "Religions of the Family of Abraham"
Discussion on the historical developments in Judaism from Abraham to Moses.
No Written Assignment.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Chapter Eight: "Religions of the Family of Abraham, continued....."
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 September 14: 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?
Quiz on Chapter eight.
Friday, September 14, 2012, Chapter Eight: "Religions of the Family of Abraham, continued....."
Discussion on the Holocaust and the Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Written Assignment due on September 18: 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, September 18, 2012, Chapter Nine: "Christianity"
Discussion on the teachings of Jesus, Saul of Tarsus, Roman persecution, Monasticism, and the Crusades.
Written Assignment due on September 21: Paragraph One: How did the Roman Government influence early Christianity? What did you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Quiz on Chapter nine.
Friday, September 21, 2012, Chapter Nine: "Christianity continued........."
Discussion on the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Reformation, and other forms of Protestant Christianity.
Written Assignment due on September 25: 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, September 25, 2012, Chapter Ten: "Islam"
Discussion on the history of Islam, beliefs, practices, and the Muslim response to modernism.
Written Assignment due on September 28: 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.
Quiz on Chapter ten.
Friday, September 28, 2012, Chapter Eleven: "New Forms of Older Religions"
Discussion on the newer forms of older religions.
Written Assignment due on October 2: 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.
Quiz on Chapter eleven.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Chapter Twelve: "Globalization and World Religions"
Discussion on Globalization and its impact on the religions of the world.
Written Assignment due on October 5: Paragraph One: Are religions essentially compatible, incompatible, or hostile to globalization? Explain? Paragraph Two: Is globalization essentially good or bad? Why?
Quiz on Chapter twelve.
Friday, October 5, 2012, Final Exam
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