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1 Saint Leo University REL 223 World Religions: East and West Course Description: Roman Catholicism’s Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) affirmed the innate dignity of all persons, espoused global solidarity, and recognized God’s presence and universal saving designs (a religious sense, truth, holiness and ethical conduct) in other religions and, thus, emphasized discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. Through such an ecumenical lens, this course offers a study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and provides an introduction to Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Bahai. The course will not only introduce students to the world’s major religions via consideration of their respective founders, seminal figures, sacred texts, central teachings, core beliefs, ethic and values system and history but, also, by examining how each of the religions, respectively, view the human condition; human inclination towards transcendence; and ethical responsibilities/tasks. Prerequisite:None Textbooks: Option 1Purchase all texts as a package: Smith, et al., World’s Religions, Custom Package. Boston: Pearson Custom, 2009. Print. ISBN-13: 978-1269577751 Option 2 Purchase each text separately:Smith, Huston. The World's Religions: Completely Revised and Updated Edition of The Religions of Man.50th Anniversary ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2009. Print. ISBN-13: 9780061660184. Reid, T. R. Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West. Reprint ed. New York: Vintage Books, 2000. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0679777601. Eteraz, Ali. Children of the Dust: The Portrait of a Muslim as a Young Man. Reprint ed. New York: HarperOne, 2011. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0061626852. Available Online Vatican II’s Nostra Aetateand Dignitatis Humanae.1965. Retrieved from: -ii_decl_19651028_nostra-aetate_en.html Learning Outcomes: 1) To gain knowledge of the major religions of the world and their historical development and evolution without prejudice toward any religious tradition. 2) To become familiar with the religious founders, seminal figures, sacred texts, central teachings, core beliefs, ethics, and values systems associated with these religions. 3) To gain a fuller and more objective understanding of religion’s impact on the cultural and intellectual development of peoples and their world views, and how religion informs, impacts, shapes, colors, and is applied in the processes of decision making and life praxis.