Darrell W Udd
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.
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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.
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.