Ch 2: AP World History - Major Belief Systems: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Major Belief Systems unit of this AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about major faiths and religious practices. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the major belief systems of the world. There is no faster or easier way to learn about major faiths and religious practices. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about agnosticism, atheism, monotheism and nontheism.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Major Belief Systems unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Major Belief Systems Unit Objectives:

  • Define the key terms used to discuss religion, such as church, cult, ritual and sect.
  • Understand how agnosticism, atheism and theism differ.
  • Explore the monotheistic foundations of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
  • Discuss Christianity's historical and theological relationship with Judaism and Neoplatonism.
  • Define nontheism and polytheism, using Buddhism and Hinduism as examples.
  • Understand the influence of Confucianism, Daoism and Legalism on China during the Zhou Dynasty.
  • Discuss liberation theology and Protestantism's role in social change.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: AP World History - Major Belief Systems: Homeschool Curriculum
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Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

1. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

2. Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

Religion can, at times, be a powerful agent for social change. In this lesson, we discuss two examples of the dichotomy between religion and the secular world, including Max Weber's book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as well as the concept of liberation theology.

Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

3. Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

Sociology of religion is a large branch of sociology. The different views on deities are studied as part of this topic. In this lesson, we compare and contrast the views of theism, atheism, and agnosticism.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

4. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

5. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

6. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

7. Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

While Confucianism remained the most dominant philosophy to emerge from China during the Zhou period, two other philosophies, Taoism and Legalism, offered different approaches to how to best live in the world.

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