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WEST History: Foundations of Religion - Chapter Summary
Our lessons cover the inspirations, theories, teachings and concepts that have formed the foundation of religious thought over the centuries. The purpose is to prepare you for questions in the corresponding section of the WEST History test. The topics covered in the lessons are as follows:
- What religion is and its role in society
- Origins of religious thought
- Precepts of polytheism and monotheism
By using our short, engaging video lessons, transcripts and self-assessment quizzes, you can review and refresh your understanding of how the world's religions originated and grew. Our program allows you to reinforce any weak areas you might have and gain new information as needed. We have subject-matter experts standing by for consultation. Our timeline feature enables you to review selectively without starting a lesson over, allowing you to make the most of your time.
WEST History: Foundations of Religion Objectives
The purpose of the WEST History test is to assess your capabilities in world and United States history and social studies concepts, in order to fulfill the requirements for teacher certification or gain a history teaching endorsement if you are already certified. The topics covered in our lessons are targeted to the world history portion of the exam. This domain forms approximately 36% of the exam.
The WEST History exam is composed of 110 questions. The questions are multiple-choice and the test is computer-based. Each question gives you a short passage to read and a list of possible answers. You must select the one that forms the best answer.
1. What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society
This lesson will focus on the traits of religion. Using the works of Tillich and Noss, it will highlight religion's belief in the supernatural, its inclusion of a moral code, and its use of prescribed ritual acts.
2. Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview
This lesson will explore the many theories on the origins of religion. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Kant, Muller, Frazer, Marx and Freud. It will also explain animism and nature worship.
3. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?
There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.
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- WEST History: Early Settlements in the United States
- WEST History: Background of the American Revolution
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- WEST History: Emergence of the United States
- WEST History: The Virginia Dynasty
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- WEST History: Manifest Destiny
- WEST History: American Civil War
- WEST History: Reconstruction
- WEST History: Industrialization & Urbanization in the US
- WEST History: The Progressive Era
- WEST History: American Imperialism
- WEST History: The Roaring 20s
- WEST History: The Great Depression
- WEST History: The US in World War II
- WEST History: The US & the Cold War
- WEST History: Protests, Activism & Civil Rights
- WEST History: United States During the 1970s
- WEST History: The Presidents of Contemporary America
- WEST History: The Stone Age
- WEST History: The Bronze & Iron Age
- WEST History: Ancient Civilizations
- WEST History: The History of Eastern Europe
- WEST History: The History of China & Japan
- WEST History: Hinduism
- WEST History: Buddhism
- WEST History: Confucianism
- WEST History: Judaism
- WEST History: Christianity
- WEST History: Islam
- WEST History: Ancient Greece
- WEST History: Roman Republic & Empire
- WEST History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
- WEST History: The History of France & England
- WEST History: Renaissance & Reformation
- WEST History: The History of Africa
- WEST History: The History of the Americas
- WEST History: Imperialism & Colonization
- WEST History: Revolution & Independence in Europe
- WEST History: The Industrial Revolution & Enlightenment
- WEST History: The History of Germany
- WEST History: World War I & II
- WEST History: Russia & the Cold War
- WEST History: Understanding & Using History
- WEST History: Investigating & Interpreting History
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