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Unformatted text preview: Rutgers University Department of Religion Spring 2009 8 4 0 :2 1 2 :B 1 R elig io n s o f th e W estern W o rld M o n d ay & T h u rsd ay Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Bishop Oavidson 122 Emaih Kbish87@aol.com o r kathbish@rut~ers.edu Course Description: This course will begin with the "how" and "why" of religion as the text explores the origin and history of religion, the religions of indigenous people, and the philosophy of religion in the West. We will then begin with one of the earliest monotheistic religion, Zoroastrianism and move from there to the most well known monotheistic religions still extant today: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These traditions, known collectively as "Religions of the Book," will be studied in dialogue with the sacred texts of each religion. Students will emerge from this class with a general knowledge of these great traditions and how they relate to one another. Required texts: Ludwig, Theodore M. The Sacred Paths of the West. Upper Saddle River, N J: Pearson Education Inc., 2006 Van Voorst, Robert E. Anthology of World Scriptures. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007 Photocopied handouts will also be distributed periodically which are also required reading Course requirements: Attendance: Attendance at all class sessions is crucial to the students success in the course. Only excused absences are acceptable. Class participation grade will be adversely effected due to absence.excused absences are acceptable....
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2009 for the course AAS 435:123 taught by Professor Jkl during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '09