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Department
Religion
Course
RLG101H5
Professor
David Miller
Semester
Winter

Description
RELIGION 101H5S INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION Instructor: David Miller, Associate Professor (Emeritus) Concordia University Telephone (416) 658-5022 Office: North Building, Rm 151A Office Hours: Thursday 12-2 I. ADDENDUM TO THE CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This course begins with a brief examination of the methods used by such key historians of religion as: F. Max Muller (1823-1900); Mircea Eliade (1907-1986); and Wilfred C. Smith (1916-2000). Then, the main focus of the course will be upon the historical study of the World Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism) using textual sources and comparing Western and Eastern, cosmogonies, world views, theories of moral action, prophetic and mystical experiences. The lives of the founders of each tradition are examined both in terms of historical facts and symbolic meanings. II. GOALS OF THE COURSE: The goals of this course are twofold: 1) to introduce students to the historical study of world religions through textual analysis and interpretation; 2) to provide students with an insight into the worldviews and
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