RL 101 - Comparative Religion
This course surveys our attempt to understand ourselves, nature as a whole, and our social role in the cosmos. All major religions, both Eastern and Western, are examined: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Topics are discussed as they relate to the religious world view, including the ethical dimension of religion, the philosophical attempt to prove God’s existence by reason alone, and three contemporary challenges to the Religious Weltanschauung from Freud, Marx, and Einstein. Note: This course does not promote religion nor proselytize any religious belief in particular.