Look at the similarities and differences in themes, myths, rituals and concepts of world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Discuss the idea of God and the divine, the concepts of the soul and salvation, religious rites and ceremonies, religious ethics, and religious organization. Fundamental notions such as the soul and revelation, initiation and meditation, karma and sansara, wu-wei and nirvana will be investigated.
This course is a basic introduction to Comparative religion as an important branch of the Religious studies. You will get acquainted with basic methods to analyze the similarities and differences in world religions and will leave the course with new intellectual tools for the future exploration and understanding of religious phenomena.