World Religions will offer learners the opportunity to explore and acquire knowledge on the religions practiced and observed around the world. The course will focus on "The Big Five" (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism) and will also explore the ideas of other religions. The purpose of the course is to gain an understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for religion without evangelizing and/or proselytizing. In other words, this course will not attempt to evaluate the religions presented here in an attempt to place a judgment value on or to criticize any particular faith. The course will not seek to promote, denounce, or convert a student to a particular faith or belief. The information given in this course is factual information. It does, however, provide instances where those facts can be interpreted differently. These facts and interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Lincoln Interactive.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify science’s relationship with religion through the centuries.
- Explore the major elements of religions, including worship, symbol, and myth.
- Determine specific practices and beliefs of several indigenous religions.
- Explain the major obstacles in understanding indigenous religions.
- Identify key common features of indigenous religions, with particular emphasis on their views of humanity’s relationships with spirits, creation, and power.
- Explore the theories concerning the origins of Hinduism.
- Examine the spiritual disciplines, including guru and yogic practices.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the major beliefs and practices of Jainism.
- Outline the foundational tenets of Dharma, especially the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path.
- Illustrate key philosophical concepts, such as karma, reincarnation, and nirvana.
- Identify the origins, the major beliefs, and the practices of Buddhism.
- Explore the historical basis of Judaism.
- Recognize important Biblical figures and their contributions to the religion.
- Identify the major groups within contemporary Judaism.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore the background of Christianity.
- Examine the life and teachings of Jesus.
- Recognize the central religious beliefs, practices, and special events.
- Evaluate contemporary trends within Christianity.
- Examine the background and importance of the prophet Muhammad to Islam.
- Recognize the importance of the Qur’an to the religion.
- Examine the basic teachings and practices of Islam.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the major elements contributing to Chinese religion and philosophy.
- Examine the basic teachings of Taoism, including the philosophy and the organized sects.
- Examine the basic teachings of Confucianism and its evolving role in China’s history.
- Explore the major elements of Shinto.
- Discuss the origins of Sikhism, including its relationship with Hinduism and Islam.
- Evaluate the central beliefs of the new religious movements described in the textbook.
- Recognize similarities in religions that encourage interfaith dialogue and differences in religions that discourage interfaith dialogue.
- Living Religions (textbook)
*Available as an iText course