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Overview of World Religions - Chapter Summary
This engaging chapter outlines world religions for your study. In these lessons, you'll review Roman religions and myths, as well as the religions of Meso-America. Additional topics include the origins and teachings of Christianity and the U.S. history of religion. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Outline the early Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism
- Detail the influence of Confucianism
- Identify the history and origins of Taoism
- Discuss the birth of Islam and Mohammed
- Describe Emperor Asoka
- Explore the height of Buddhism
- Explain Islam's spread and the progress made by the Caliphates
- Outline the history of the Jewish belief system
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1. Roman Myths and Religion
This lesson compares Roman gods to their Greek predecessors and enumerates the similarities and differences between Greek and Roman religion. Finally, Roman religion's relationship with mystery cults, especially Christianity, is briefly explored.
2. The Religions of Meso-America
This lesson will explore the bygone religions of Meso-America, specifically the Mayan and Aztec belief systems. In doing this, it will highlight their belief in animism, their sacred calendars, and the use of human sacrifice as a means of worship.
3. Early Religion in India: Hinduism & Buddhism
This lesson will explore the founding of Hinduism and Buddhism. It will cover the basic beliefs of Hinduism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama, and the presence of both religions in modern day India.
4. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence
This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.
5. The Origins of Taoism: History, the Uncarved Block & Tao-Te Ching
This lesson will seek to explain the rather nebulous founding of Taoism. In doing so, it will explore the concepts of the Tao and the Pu, while also highlighting the role Lao-tzu played in the formation of this ancient Eastern philosophy.
6. 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.
7. Emperor Asoka: The Height of Buddhism
This lesson will highlight the life and accomplishments of Asoka the Great. In doing this, it will explore the historical significance of his Rock Edicts as well as the role he played in spreading Buddhism to East and Southeast Asia.
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.
9. The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History
This lesson will explore the ancient religion of Judaism, the faith of the Jewish people. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of monotheism, Yahweh's covenant with Abraham and the Jewish texts of law.
10. Christianity: Origin & Teachings
Learn about the origins of Christianity and how the death of Jesus launched an entire religion. Discover the key teachings of Christianity. See how much you've picked up by taking a quiz.
11. The History of Religion in the U.S.
In this lesson, we will examine the history of religion in the United States. We will highlight key developments in American religious history, and we will identify central themes and trends.
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