Ch 3: History Alive Chapter 3: World Religions

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The World Religions chapter of this History Alive! World Connections Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with world religions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the World Religions textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Different major religious views
  • Key figures in the history of various religions
  • Growth of early Christianity
  • Spread of Islam
  • Origins of Hinduism
  • Branches of Buddhism
  • Rituals of Confucianism

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15 Lessons in Chapter 3: History Alive Chapter 3: World Religions
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Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

1. 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.

Judaism: Origins & Significance

2. Judaism: Origins & Significance

Judaism is one of the world's oldest religions, largely due to its ability to travel, but it has had an even greater influence on two other world religions, Christianity and Islam.

Key Figures in the Jewish Religion's History

3. Key Figures in the Jewish Religion's History

Major religious traditions don't just happen overnight. They take the input of many different people. This lesson looks at the roles of some of the most important people in Jewish history.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

4. 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.

Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

5. Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

In this lesson, we explore the experiences of early Christians under the Roman Empire, from their early periods of toleration and persecution to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.

Missionaries & the Spread of Christianity Across the World

6. Missionaries & the Spread of Christianity Across the World

In this lesson we will learn about missionary activity and the spread of Christianity during the late Medieval and early Modern Era. We will highlight key themes, and we will identify locations of missionary work.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

7. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

8. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

Islam Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite

9. Islam Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite

This lesson will seek to explain the divide between the Sunnis and Shiites of Islamic culture. In doing so, it will highlight the Prophet Muhammad, Ali, Abu Bakr, and the position of Islamic Caliph.

The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

10. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha

11. The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha

This lesson will explore the Hindu belief system by explaining the concepts of karma, dharma and moksha. It will also highlight the importance of atman within the Hindu faith.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

12. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

The Branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana

13. The Branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana

This lesson will explore the three main branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. It will also highlight Pure Land and Tantric Buddhism, as well as the belief in nirvana and the bodhisattva.

Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching

14. Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching

In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of the ancient Chinese thinker, Confucius, as well as discovering the various ways his teachings were used to shape Chinese society after his death.

Te: The Ethics and Rituals of Confucianism

15. Te: The Ethics and Rituals of Confucianism

This lesson will seek to explain Confucianism's virtue of Te as it pertains to rulers. In doing so, it will explore the origins of Confucianism while also highlighting the ritual of filial piety and the concept of Chun-tzu.

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