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RELS 303/HUMA 303: Near East Religions

Course Description

  • "Beliefs and practices of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam with particular attention to their philosophical presuppositions."
  • This course will be divided into units on each of the following: Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Students will be expected to learn basic facts regarding the history and literature of each of these religions. Readings will be divided between readings about the religions (i.e. Noss) and readings in the sacred literature of the religions.
  • Philosophical presuppositions such as doctrine concerning: the cosmos, Deity, man, man's plight, salvation, conduct, destiny, freedom, and evil will receive particular attention.
  • Students will not be graded on their attitude toward or acceptance of the various religions and teachings. They will be graded on their exhibited knowledge of the respective religions and their skill in comparing, contrasting and evaluating doctrines and dogmas of the religions from the standpoint of various world hypotheses.

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Religions Covered

  • Zoroastrianism
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam