Introduction to Religious Studies RELG110
This website accompanies a RELG 110 class taught at the USC in Spring 2010. The site is still evolving, so send me sites you think should be here! You can find a glossary of terms here and, in searchable form, on BB.
This course is an introduction to the field of religious studies. To this aim, we will explore a number of religious traditions. We will look at indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zorastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism including atheism before turning to a discussion of contemporary issues such as LGBT identities or ecology.
Course texts. Please purchase Mary Pat Fisher, Living Religions. A Brief Introduction. Pearson. Second Edition, 2009. ISBN 020563564-4. The Reader is available from University Copy on Main Street. You can also download a pdf version from Blackboard.
Note that the following section has not yet been entirely updated! Click on the headings for more information.
A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India.
A way of living based on the teachings of Siddartha Gautama.
One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the Prophet Zoroaster.
Based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad.
Founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE.