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RELIĀ 030. Comparative Religion. 4 Units.

This course compares various religious traditions with a focus on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We begin with a brief examination of three lesser known religions, Ancient Mesopotamian Religions, Zoroastrianism, and Pre-Christian European Religions. All three of these connect in some way to the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which are studied in the remainder of the course. These three traditions are examined comparatively under seven rubrics: Scripture, Authority, Monotheism, Ritual and Worship, Ethics, Material Culture, and Political Organization. The various connections made throughout the course between and among the religions studied will enable students to 1. identify variations on ideas common to each, 2. discern influences some have exerted upon others, and 3. understand the distinctive that developed within each. (GE2B)