World Religions series

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WORLD RELIGIONS series

This series provides an in-depth look at the world’s main religious traditions, and goes into much greater detail than the information provided in the introductory Discovering Religious Diversity series. Over an entire Term of eight sessions focused on a single belief tradition, we’ll examine the history and development of each tradition, key figures associated with its founding or development, its sacred texts, contemporary beliefs and practices, and the major festivals and commemorations associated with each. During the final session of each Term, we’ll view a representative film for each tradition that accentuates and highlights the main points discussed during the Term.

All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about religion and religious behavior, taught from an anthropological point of view, and are designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the diversity that exists within the world’s various faith and belief traditions.

Term 2 Registration and payment information is available now on our Registration page.

The following classes are offered in 2020:

RD301: “Judaism”

Offered: 2020 Term 1 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to the Jewish religion. Individual classes focus on:

  • Early Biblical History: Genesis
  • Early Biblical History: Exodus through Second Temple Period
  • Diaspora, Development and the Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism
  • Sacred Texts: Torah & Talmud
  • Contemporary Beliefs and Practices
  • Jewish Festivals and Commemorations
  • Jewish Ethics & the concept of Tikkun Olam
  • Movie night

During 2020 Term 1 this class meets in Hamilton on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm. Class is held at Artmakers, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

RD302: “Islam”

Offered: 2020 Term 2 – Hamilton

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS THIS COURSE IS BEING TAUGHT ON-LINE. IN-PERSON CLASSES WILL RESUME AS SOON AS WE RETURN TO LEVEL 2.

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to the Islamic faith. Individual classes will focus on:

  • Course Introduction; Al-Jāhiliyyah (جاهلية) and the Life of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Early Islamic History and Development
  • Sacred Texts & Traditions: Qur’an (القرآن), Tafsīr (تفسير), Hadith (حديث) and Sharī’a (شريعة)
  • Central Islamic Concepts
  • Contemporary Beliefs and Practices
  • Islamic Sects and Denominations
  • Islamic Festivals and Commemorations
  • Movie night

During 2020 Term 2 this class meets in Hamilton on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm beginning Thursday 7 May. Class is held at Artmakers, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

REGISTER:

Term 2 Registration and payment information is available now on our Registrations page.


RD303: “Hinduism”

Offered: 2020 Term 3 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to Hinduism. Details coming soon.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

RD304: “Buddhism”

Offered: 2020 Term 4 – Hamilton

This eight-week class provides a detailed introduction to Buddhism. Details coming soon.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

page last updated on 2 May 2020.