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World Religion Courses

Science, Magic and Religon

This video course examines science, magic and religion as historical phenomena that have evolved over time. It delves into how elements were merged into science that eventually to be seen as magical, how magical traditions transformed into modern mysticisms, and political implications of these movements.

Introduction to Religion

This video course investigates what religion is and does, and compares culturally diverse religious ideas and practices. It explores how religion influences the relationship between individual and community by examining religious ethical systems and providing community engagement opportunities.

Philosophy of Religion

Comprised of eight lectures delivered by Dr T. J. Mawson at University of Oxford in 2011, this course introduces the main philosophical arguments pertaining to the Western monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Anthropology of Religion

Presents a theoretical analysis of religion as a cultural phenomenon. The course explores the relationships between religion, culture, society and the individual. Each of the 10 topic areas includes one or more video lectures with anecdotes and examples that will enrich your understanding of religious beliefs and practices.

Politics and Religion

This e-course explores the role of religion, religious groups and ideas, and their effect on politics from a social science pespective. Learners will also examine the role of religious actors, institutions and ideologies in policy making, state-building, politics, conflict, war and other political processes.
Courses on Buddhism

Starts Jan 19, 2015

Buddhist Meditation and the
Modern World

Explore the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.) and innovations in scientific research to help us understand these practices. The course also examines the practices themselves through brief, secular, contemplative exercises.
Courses on Christianity

Latino Theology and
Christian Tradition

This course examines the development of Latino religion and theology in the United States and how U.S. Latina and Latino theologians have articulated the meaning and implications for Christian living of core theological topics such as Christology, worship, evangelization and social justice.

Christian Faith: Its Practices

This course develops the broad themes from the Christian story of creation, fall, covenant, redemption and restoration, as well as more practical biblical themes such as entering the kingdom of God, life of prayer, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit - striking a balance between understanding, contemplation and action in the Christian life.

Theology I

In this free video course, Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches some of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. These include the biblical doctrines of Christ, the Trinity, man, and sin. Thoennes additionally explains the historical development of many of the doctrines.

History of Christianity

Delve into the history of Christianity, with a focus on the era of the apostolic fathers, the councils, church state issues, scholasticism, the Reformation, and major leaders and movements of the modern era, including pietism, emergence of new theological patterns, social movements, and the missionary movement.

History of Christianity in America

This free video course from Spring Arbor University examines the origin and growth of Christianity in the United States from colonial times to the present, with a focus on the lives of four key figures in American religious history: John Winthrop, Sarah Edwards, Phoebe Palmer, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christianity and Ethics

Comprised of 28 videos, this course offers a comparison of ethics from a Christocentric and philosophical perspective. It explores the relationship between Christian thought and Western philosophical traditions with regard to classical and contemporary moral issues and their relation to current political and social issues.

The New Testament History & Literature

This e-course from Yale provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity, analyzing literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, particularly the New Testament. A central focus of the class will be the differences within early Christianity.

The Bible: An Introduction

An introduction to major books in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Attention is given to literary techniques, issues resulting from translation from the original Hebrew and Greek, and the different historical periods that produced and are reflected in the Bible.
Courses on Islam

Islam in 10 Minutes

Explore the basic principles of Islam, starting with the basics. Lecture topics run 10 minutes each and provide glimpses into the history and practice of Islam, as well as beliefs on tolerance, women, prayer, fasting and other Islamic teachings and customs.

Islam 101

This five-week video course is designed to briefly touch on the basics of Islam. Topics to be covered include Understanding Islam, Prophet Muhammad [pbuh], Jesus and Mary in Islam, Gender Equity in Islam, and Contemporary Issues.

Islam, the Middle East
and the West

An overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history, from the rise of Islam to the present. The course particularly focuses on the encounters and exchanges between the Middle East (North Africa and Southwest Asia) and the West (Europe and the United States).

Principles of Islam (Part 1)

This free video course covers the Principles of Islam (Aqaed), exploring issues in Monotheism, Justice of Allah, Prophethood, Imamate and the Day of Judgment. This is Part 1 of a 2-part course comprised of 110 video lectures.

Principles of Islam (Part 2)

This free video course covers the Principles of Islam (Aqaed), exploring issues in Monotheism, Justice of Allah, Prophethood, Imamate and the Day of Judgment. This is Part 2 of a 2-part course comprised of 110 video lectures.

Islam: Religion, History
and Culture

This course explores the Islamic societies of the Middle East and North Africa, from their origins to the present day. We will examine the history and expansion of Islam, both as a world religion and civilization, from its birth in the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century to its spread throughout the world.

Religious Architecture and
Islamic Cultures

An introduction to the history of Islamic cultures through their most vibrant material signs: the religious architecture that spans 14 centuries and three continents. We will explore Islamic architecture both as a historical tradition and a cultural catalyst that influenced and was influenced by the civilizations with which it came in contact.
Courses on Judaism

Literature and World of the
Hebrew Bible

Video course from Missouri State University explores the religion, life experiences, cultures, thoughts and history of the ancient Israelites as found in their literature and artifacts.

Intro to the Old Testament
(Hebrew Bible)

An overview of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.
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