This course is an introduction to world religions and cults. The course will examine the fundamental doctrines and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity (and groups who self identify as “Christian” i.e. Mormons, Jehovah Witness, Christian Science, etc) Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
The class will explore each religion’s beliefs regarding: Origin, God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Angelic Beings, Satan, Sin, Salvation and the Afterlife. The course will also address the essential differences and similarities amongst the different religions.
The goals for each student are: 1. Acquire knowledge about the major world religions. 2. Be able to clearly distinguish between biblical Christianity and the other world religions and world views. These goals will be accomplished through the use of varied and engaging means (discussion, lectures [not boring ones!], charts, projects, presentations, and at-home reading and research.)
Homework should take between 1-3 hours per week. However, the homework load is somewhat flexible (depending on how in-depth the student would like to study each topic.). Each student will be required to purchase a couple books that will be worth having in their library for years to come. The titles will be included in the syllabus and available mid-Summer.
Due to the religious nature of this class, charter funds can’t be accepted.