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World Religions - Chapter Summary
Through this chapter, you can look back at the development of religion through the ages and compare various religious beliefs and groups. Video lessons featured in this chapter include the following:
- How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age
- Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions
- Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism
- People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran and Sharia Law
- What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?
Our team of professional educators, each with expertise in an area of religion, developed this chapter to be both informative and engaging. It takes just a few minutes to watch each of the video lessons, and you can quickly review main points if need be by using our convenient video tags.
To reinforce what you've watched, or if you learn better by reading, you can utilize the written transcripts that come with each lesson. The majority of these write-ups include links to other articles related to religion, which can help you research key words and concepts in a more in-depth fashion.
Our educators also have designed short, multiple-choice quizzes to complement each lesson. These self-assessment tests can help you build your test-taking skills in addition to showing you how well you absorbed the material presented in each lesson. You can take the quizzes multiple times if desired.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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