345-102-MQ, Worldviews: Meaning and Religious Diversity
The history of humankind has been in large part a search for meaning. One of the most significant and pervasive ways in which meaning has been sought is through the customs, beliefs, and practices that constitute the religions of the world. The purpose of this course is to understand the human quest for meaning through a comparative exploration of religious world views. This course emphasizes the diversity of religions in terms of their history, cultural contexts, and ideological frameworks. Throughout the course, we examine the social impact of religion with specific attention to the problem of religious violence.