Edwin (Ned) Martin, Instructor
W.R.Harper College, Spring Term, 2007
Phil 205-003, Rm. L220, 800-9:15am
For students to learn:
the basic facts of the originating cultures; major figures; historical development of doctrine
and polity and scriptures; geographic spread and contraction; and modern cultural milieux of the
world’s major religions and types of religion.
the basic narratives and doctrinal formulas, the forms of the rituals and other practical
expressions, and the social institutions and norms associated with these religions.
For students to further develop those sensibilities:
which allow entry into the inner heart of the outward history, forms, and teachings of a
religion; and to apprehend something of the profound sameness and of the shocking otherness of
the various religions.
which allow for finding the connection between the inward and the outward, the same and the
different, particularly in the response to and the interpretation of sacred texts.
For this course to prove to be not only a means to these ends, and to the even more practical ends
of the students and instructor, but also an end in itself
a social and intellectual pleasure in so far as
Malloy, Michael; Experiencing the World’s Religions
, Mc Graw Hill; 3
Kramer, Kenneth; World Scriptures
Paulist Press; 1986
The first of the course objectives will be met principally by students reading on their own. Lectures will
not usually repeat historical facts and sequences, but will concentrate on meeting the second objective
through discussion, lecture on key ideas, visual aids, and experiential exercises. Reading assignments are
listed on the attached calendar. Learning will be tested by by midterm and final exams. Study guides
listing needed vocabulary, names, etc. will be supplied.
Grades will be weighted as follows:
You may have two unexcused absences in class.
After that your class participation grade will proceed
downward by two
thirds of a grade from a B+ for every absence. (For example if you miss four classes,
the first two misses do not hurt you, but you will go from a B+ to a B- for the sthird miss, and then to a