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Cultural Literacy in Religion

A series of DVD lectures followed by discussion. The course will be divided into two sessions with 6 weeks in the fall and 6 in the spring. Meetings will be on Sunday afternoons (3-5pm). Twenty dollar fee each for fall and for spring.

Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

Session 1 (Fall 2012)

Sep 9

1. Religion—Its Meaning and Importance

2. Facets of Religion—Divinity and Devotion

Sep 16

3. Hinduism—Foundational Texts and Teachings

4. Hindu Gods and Devotional Practices

Sep 23

5. Gita to Gandhi—Yogas and Modern Hinduism

6. Waking Up—The Buddha and His Teachings

Sep 30

7. Vehicles to Nirvana—The Schools of Buddhism

8. Chinese Religion and Cosmology

Oct 7

9. Confucianism—Rituals and Relationships

10. Daoism—Harmony, Nature, and the Way

Oct 14

11. Kami and Spirits—Shinto and Shamanism

12. East Asian Buddhism—Zen and Pure Land

Session 2 (Spring 2013)

Jan 13

13. Judaism—God, Torah, and Covenant

14. Varieties of Jewish Thought and Practice

Jan 20

15. Living a Jewish Life

16. The Life and Commemoration of Jesus

Jan 27

17. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity

18. Protestantism and Christianity Today

Feb 3

19. Muhammad, Qur’an, and Islamic Civilization

20. Unity in Islam—The Five Pillars

Feb 10

21. Forms of Islam—Diversity among Muslims

22. Jains, Sikhs, and Baha’is

Feb 17

23. Religion and Law in America

24. Religion Today—Trends, Challenges, and Hope

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