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Course SummaryThis certificate course can help you earn an Introduction to World Religions Certificate that you can use to strengthen your resume with this fun course. Our video lessons and quizzes will introduce you to the theories and origins of the major world religions.
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About This Course
Earn an Introduction to World Religions certificate in two weeks or less with this course. The quick and engaging video lessons that comprise the course teach you about Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and more. You'll learn about the Early Mother Goddess and the birth of Islam, among other topics.
Who's This For?
Those involved in teaching, international relations, writing, counseling, research, social work or global business professions can find this course useful. The course can also benefit anyone interested in learning more about religions of the world.
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course.
Benefits of the Certificate
An Introduction to World Religions certificate offers benefits to individuals in both their professional and personal lives. Examples include:
- Demonstrating to current employers your understanding of world religion concepts by adding it to your resume
- Showcasing your interest in continuing your education
- Expanding your career options and appealing to new employers or clients by adding it to your online profile
- Using it to meet continuing education requirements
- Enhancing your social interactions with the knowledge acquired from this course
- Applying your knowledge to help tutor students
Introduction to World Religions Program Breakdown
Start this course by learning about theories on the origins of religion and its role in society. Study primal religions, mystery cults, Greek myths, Roman religions and Meso-American religious rites of passage.
World Religion: Hinduism
Find out the significance of the Indus River Valley in the origins of Hinduism and examine the Vedas and Hindu deities. Learn about Hindu belief systems, castes and the four goals of Hindu life.
World Religion: Buddhism
This chapter teaches you about the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment, four noble truths, triple gem and gender equality in Buddhism. You'll learn about the Dalai Lama, Buddhism branches and Zen Buddhism.
World Religion: Confucianism
Explore the founding of Confucianism in this chapter, which covers the five relationships, ethics and rituals, the dual soul and ancestor worship. Study teachings of Hsun-tzu and Tung Chung-shu and learn about the decline of Confucianism.
World Religion: Taoism
This chapter introduces you to the Yin and Yang, Wu-wei concept, Tao-te ching and Taoist Canon. You'll study Taoist sects, alchemy and the doctrine of salvation.
World Religion: Islam
Learn about Muhammad in this chapter and study the Qu'ran and Hadith. Examine the five pillars of the Islamic faith, Sharia law, spread of Islam and Muslim scholar accomplishments of the Islamic Golden Age.
World Religion: Judaism
This chapter teaches you about the Jewish belief system and the differences between monotheism and polytheism. You'll study Jewish persecution, denominations and rituals.
World Religion: Christianity
End your course with a look at the life of Christ, Paul and the early church fathers, Christian persecution and St. Augustine's City of God. Study the Great Crusades, seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and the Ecumenical movement.
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