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GEC2201 World Religions: Home

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to some major religious traditions in the world from a phenomenological and historical point of view. Topics include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and local religions, etc.

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Scriptures of the World's Religions

This is an anthology of religious scriptures. Texts that are considered most sacred by the religions themselves, texts that are more peripheral, and texts that are sectarian texts but considered scripture by members of that sect are all included. The selected texts are arranged according to either their original dates of composition or their historically structured narratives. Texts selected include those in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Australian Aboriginal religion, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’I Faith, and Indigenous religions of the West. This book also traces the origin as the Greek Myths.

A Concise Introduction to World Religions

This book provides an overview of world religions, including indigenous traditions, Jewish traditions, Christian traditions, Muslim traditions, Hindu traditions, Jaina traditions, Buddhist traditions, Sikh traditions, Chinese and Korean traditions, Japanese traditions, as well as new religions and movements. This edition has many highlighted features. “Traditions at a Glance” boxes provide summaries of numbers, distribution, founders and leaders, deity, authoritative texts, and noteworthy teachings. “Sacred Texts” tables summarize the most important texts in each tradition, including composition/compilation, revision, and the uses made of them. “Document” boxes provide selection of excerpts from scripture and other important writings. “Sites” boxes provide visions of locations of special significance to each tradition.

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