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Darrell W Udd
RELIG 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions

History of religions, concentrating on religious traditions that have developed west of the Indus. Primary attention to the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and to their ancient world background with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.

Class description

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The course offers a comparative introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Specific terms of comparison include: nature of Scriptures, theological traditions, patterns of worship and ritual, forms of religious authority, ethical paradigms, material culture, and the place of politics in religious society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Timely completion of reading assignments, attendance at lectures and participation in discussions.

Class assignments and grading

Reading assignments are normally about 20 pages per class session.

There are usually 3 examinations of a short-answer type. Excellent classroom contributions in the form of good questions or helpful observations are a factor in evaluation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Darrell W Udd
Date: 05/26/2006