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

Module I. Foundations

  • Week 1: The Academic Study of Religion
  • Week 2: What is Religion?
  • Week 3: Empire & the Sacred

Module II. Asia

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

Module III. Abraham

  • Week 8: Ancient Israel
  • Week 9: Rabbinic Judaism
  • Week 10: The Kingdom Movement
  • Week 11: Nicene Christianity
  • Week 12: Islam

Module IV: Boundaries

  • Week 13: Modernism
  • Week 14: Syncretism & NRMs
  • Week 15: Fanaticism & the Future