HUMSS_Introduction to World Religions & Belief Systems CG | Confucianism | Noble Eightfold PathIt aims to help learners understand the historical contexts of nine religions, appreciate their uniqueness and similarities and promote mutual understanding among believers of different faiths. They are expected to. What is Religion? Religion is the set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human being and sacred or divinity. A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, organization.
Semester: 1st or 2nd No. It aims to help learners understand the historical contexts of nine religions, appreciate their uniqueness and similarities and promote mutual understanding among believers of different faiths. They are expected to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of ones faith and that of others. Definition of Terms. Differentiate religion from: a. Spirituality b. Theology c.
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Comparative religion is the branch of the study of religions concerned with the systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's religions. In general the comparative study of religion yields a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophical concerns of religion such as ethics , metaphysics , and the nature and forms of salvation. Studying such material is meant [ by whom? In the field of comparative religion, a common geographical classification  of the main world religions distinguishes groups such as Middle Eastern religions including Iranian religions , Indian religions , East Asian religions , African religions , American religions , Oceanic religions , and classical Hellenistic religions. The comparative study of religions is an academic discipline which has been developed within Christian theology faculties, and it has a tendency to force widely differing phenomena into a kind of strait-jacket cut to a Christian pattern.
The history of religion refers to the written record of human religious experiences and ideas. This period of religious history begins with the invention of writing about 5, years ago BCE. One can also study comparative religious chronology through a timeline of religion. Writing played a major role in standardizing religious texts regardless of time or location, and making easier the memorization of prayers and divine rules. The case of the Bible involves the collation of multiple oral texts handed down over the centuries. The concept of "religion" was formed in the 16th and 17th centuries,   despite the fact that ancient sacred texts like the Bible, the Quran, and others did not have a word or even a concept of religion in the original languages and neither did the people or the cultures in which these sacred texts were written. The word "religion" as used in the 21st century does not have an obvious pre-colonial translation into non-European languages.