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REL 119 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to the three major western religions. Includes nature of religious belief, development of Judaism, teachings of Judaism, festivals and rituals of Judaism, development of Christianity, teachings of Christianity, Christian festivals and rituals, development of Islam, teachings of Islam, Islamic festivals and rituals, and common heritage, emphasis, and variations of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - Options and G; Meets CTE - Options and G.




Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the understanding of a religious belief.
  2. Summarize the festivals and rituals of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
  3. Explain the common heritage, emphases, variations, and historical developments of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of religious belief.
  2. Review the historical development of Judaism.
  3. Examine the teachings of Judaism.
  4. Summarize the importance of Jewish festivals and rituals.
  5. Review the historical development of Christianity.
  6. Examine the teachings of Christianity.
  7. Summarize the importance of the festivals and rituals of Christianity.
  8. Review the historical development of Islam.
  9. Examine the teachings of Islam.
  10. Summarize the importance of the festivals and rituals of Islam.
  11. Explain the common heritage, emphases, and variations in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Outline:
  1. Nature of Religious Belief
    1. Ancient world-view
    2. Non-Judaic religions in the ancient world
    3. Western religious and philosophic systems
  2. Development of Judaism
    1. From Genesis to the Babylonian exile
    2. From Ezra to the destruction of the Temple
    3. Rabbinic Judaism
    4. Judaism and the enlightenment
    5. Judaism in the modern world
      1. Orthodoxy
      2. Reform
      3. Conservative
      4. Hasidism
      5. Zionism
  3. Teachings of Judaism
    1. Revelation
    2. Ethical monotheism
      1. Concepts of purity
      2. Ritual impurity
    3. Corporate personality
  4. Judaic Festivals and Rituals
    1. Holy Days
    2. Rites of passage
      1. Circumcision
      2. Bar/Bas Mitzvah
      3. Marriage
      4. Death and mourning
  5. Development of Christianity
    1. From the inter-testamental period to the Apostolic age
    2. Late antique and medieval Christianity
    3. Eastern Church
    4. Western Church
    5. Reformation
    6. Post-reformation varieties of Christianity
  6. Teachings of Christianity
    1. Mission of Jesus of Nazareth
    2. Western and eastern churches
    3. Reformation Christianity
    4. Post-reformation varieties of Christian belief
  7. Christian Festivals and Rituals
    1. Liturgical calendar
    2. Rites of passage
      1. Sacramental system
      2. Non-sacramental Christianity
  8. Development of Islam
    1. Mission of Muhammad
    2. Spread of Islam
    3. Medieval Islam
    4. Islam in the modern world
      1. Sunna
      2. Shi’a
      3. Sufism
      4. Neo-fundamentalism
  9. Teachings of Islam
    1. Five pillars
    2. Hadith
    3. Shari’a
  10. Islamic Festivals and Rituals
    1. Islamic holy days
    2. Rites of passage
  11. Common Heritage, Emphases, and Variations in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    1. Revelation
    2. Theoretical
    3. Ultimate reality
    4. Origin of the world
    5. Origin of humans
    6. Destiny of humans
    7. Practical applications
    8. Sociological implications


Effective Term:
Fall 2016



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