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UE: REL 223HM: Religions of the World I: Western Religions: Module 2

A study of Western religions, including religions of non-literate societies and ancient religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


At the conclusion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Discuss how the concern for the afterlife was reflected in the religious traditions of the ancient Egyptians. 
  • Explain how the Mesopotamian creation myth and rituals define the role and purpose of humanity in the universe. 
  • Identify elements of Zoroastrian creed (beliefs), code of ethics, cult (ritual) and community. 
  • Discuss the similarities between Zoroastrian beliefs and those of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions.


Action Assignment Due no later than
Read The Sacred Paths of the West, Chapters 4 and 5;
Anthology of World Scriptures, Chapter 2
Post Initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Post Responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Submit Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Continue Journal Assignment Module 7
Submit Journal entry draft (optional) Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

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