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REL 356 : World Religions

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Jan. 11 - Introduction to Course: Religious Studies, the Theology of World Religions, and missiology.

Jan. 18 - Origins of “Religion,” Theological Perspectives;
                        Texts: Farhadian Ch. 1; Muck Ch. 1-3 and appendix

Jan. 25 – Hinduism: Many Ways to the Summit;
                        Texts: Farhadian Ch. 2; Muck Ch.7-10

Guest speaker: Brian Carwana from Encounter World Religions Centre

Additional Reading:

Williams, Raymond B. Hinduism in America.” Christian Century, 104 no 8 Mr 11 1987, p 247-249. (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Andy Crouch. “Christ, My Bodhisattva” Christianity Today, May 2007, Vol. 51, No. 5. (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Feb. 1 - Buddhism: The Middle Way; Texts: Farhadian Ch. 3; Muck Ch. 11-13

Additional Reading:

Tweed, T. A. “Why Are Buddhists So Nice? Media Representations of Buddhism and Islam in the United States Since 1945.” Material Religion v. 4 no.1 (March 2008) p. 91-3. (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Feb. 8 – Buddhism (continued). Muck: 14, 15


Peter Beyer, “Maybe, In the Future: Buddhist Men.” Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists. McGill-Queen’s, 2013. (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Feb. 15 – No Class

Feb. 22 Mid-term and Judaism introduced

Mar. 1  - Judaism: The Way of Torah; Text: Farhadian Ch. 7; Muck Ch. 16-18

Additional Reading:

John Morreall "Humor during the Holocaust", p. 119-124 in Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Mar. 8 – Islam: Farhadian Ch. 9; Muck 19-21

Additional Reading:

Smith, Jane I. “Women in Islam: Clothes and Convictions” Christian Century, 119 no 3 Ja 30-F 6 2002, p 26-29. (Use your Redeemer network login credentials)

Mar. 15 - Islam: The Way of Submission to Allah

Guest Speaker Raza Khan

Research Paper Due

Mar. 22 - Daoism: The Way of Nature; Confucianism, the Way of the Sages

Farhadian Ch. 6; Muck Ch. 22, 23

Chuang Tzu “Carving Up an Ox” (poem translated into English)

March 29 – Daoism and Inter-faith Relations. Muck Ch. 24
             - Dialogue, Friendship, and Partnership
             - Guest speaker: Dr. Ruth Hayhoe, OISE

Additional Reading:

Peter SchuurmanA Bridge and Window to a Muslim School,” March 2017 The Christian Courier.

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