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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about important historic religious figures for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- Key and crucial figures in Jewish history, including King David and Moses
- The life and teachings of Confucius, Jesus of Nazareth, and Buddha
- The early founders of Christianity, including the apostle Paul
- Thomas Aquinas' defenses of faith and arguments against reason
- Martin Luther's influence on the Protestant Reformation, including his 95 Theses
- John Calvin's perspective and beliefs
- Mohandas Gandhi's beliefs, accomplishments and assassination
1. 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.
2. Who Was Moses? - Story & History
Moses is one of the main characters of the Hebrew Bible. A historical figure of great importance, his personality and actions helped set the tone for the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
3. King David of Israel: History & Overview
In this lesson, we will explore King David of Israel. The first king to successfully unite all 12 Israelite tribes, David's reign and works laid the groundwork for a prosperous kingdom.
4. Confucius: Biography & Teachings
The teachings of Confucius have been among the most enduring in history, acting as a guide for literally billions of people. This lesson explains his early life and the inspiration that started it all.
5. Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings
In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, explain a few of the problems with arriving at a clear picture of Jesus, and discuss the facts as we know them.
6. Paul and the Early Church Fathers
This lesson will identify the earliest Church Fathers as the 12 disciples and the Apostle Paul. In doing this, it will highlight the persecution of the Christian Church as well as the conversion of Saul, known to history as Paul.
7. Buddha: Life & Moral Teachings
With hundreds of millions of believers, Buddhism is one of the most influential religious traditions in the world. Learn more about its founder, his surprising early life and his basic teachings.
8. 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.
9. Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church
St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most important figure of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. This lesson examines what he did to help protect the Church against a rebirth of critical thinking by using critical thinking to defend the Church.
10. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation
This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.
11. John Calvin: Religion, Beliefs & Quotes
In this lesson, we will learn about an influential Protestant theologian: John Calvin. We will learn who he was and why he is important. We will also discuss the system of belief he developed, often called 'Calvinism.' Finally, we will see some quotes from John Calvin.
12. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination
In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.
13. Cult Leaders in History
The twentieth century saw the rise of many infamous cult leaders such as Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and David Koresh, who formed religious communities based around their personalities and often led their followers to horrible ends.
14. Queen of Sheba: History & Facts
The Queen of Sheba is an ancient figure who was extremely important to many cultures, and yet we're not even sure what her real name was. In this lesson, we'll explore the stories about this enigmatic monarch.
15. Aztec God Huitzilopochtli: Facts & Story
The symbol on the Mexican flag of an eagle perched on a cactus is representative of Huitzilopochtli guiding the Aztecs to their new capital city. Keep reading to learn more about this story and others about the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli.
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