World Religions • PHIL1304

The purpose of this course is to explore the cultural conditions in which the world’s major religions were developed, legitimized, and later employed. The rhetoric, rituals, and structures of these religions will be analyzed as historical phenomena, within specific socio–political contexts. As such, this course is developed in accordance with the MTSR: Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Religion.


Basilique de Notre Dame
Montréal, Québec

Major Religions of the World

  • 33% Christian
  • 25% Muslim
  • 20% Asian Religions
  • 15% Nonreligious
  • 5% Indigenous Religions

Unit I. Foundations

Unit II. Asia

  • Week 4: Hinduism
  • Week 5: Buddhism
  • Week 6: Confucianism
  • Week 7: Daoism

Unit III. Abraham

  • Week 8: Judaism
  • Week 9: The Kingdom Movement
  • Week 10: Nicene Christianity
  • Week 11: Islam

Unit IV: Modernity

  • Week 12: The Holy Land
  • Week 13: The Protestant Reformation
  • Week 14: Religion in America
  • Week 15: The Future of Religion