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World Religions (Ontario Course Profile for HRT 3M)

Unit 1: We Encounter Mystery

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1 Who Are We?

 An introduction to religious belief as the human response to an encounter with Mystery, and our inevitable quest for meaning.

 

2 Tools for Studying Religion

Continued analysis of the rationale for studying world religions as well as the application of tools for studying world religions including study resources, a cursory geographic and historical overview of world religions as well as an analytic model for exploring religions.

 

3 Aboriginal Spirituality

An overview of  Aboriginal Spirituality as a response to mystery. This includes a summary of different tribes beliefs about the sacred, sacred stories and rituals, values and beliefs. There is an exploration of Aboriginal-Christian relations.

Unit 2: We Listen

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 4 “Hear O Israel” – Revelation and the Jewish Story

An introduction to the Jewish story of God’s intervention in their history with an emphasis on the struggle for survival.

Timeline of the history of the Judaism. http://www.usisrael.org/jsource/History/timeline.html.

The following web site is an excellent source for teachers to gain some background information on the history of Judaism. The site includes a detailed timeline of the major events in Judaism. When logging onto the web site, click on "Judaism after the Babylonian exile" icon – information included on the web page includes details on the second temple built, Diaspora Hellenism, the Macabbean revolt, and other details of this era.--Emilio Belmonte

An Overview of Israelite and Jewish History http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/History-Israelite&Jewish.htm
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. A Timeline with hyperlinks to relevant websites describing the events in more detail.

Judeo-Christian History: Study Guide http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/Judeo-Xn-History-StudyGuide.htm

Several series of questions to help students learn the above material more easily--Fr Felix Just


Second Temple Judaism: A Brief Historical Outline www.westmont.edu/~fisk/Articles/jewhista.htm

Another annotated timeline by Prof. Bruce N. Fisk, Westmont College

5 Judaism Today Practice And Worship

The Jewish people’s practice of their faith in worship and in family life

Jewish frequently asked questions. http://www.jewfaq.org/toc.htm.

Religious symbols for various world religions are examined in each unit of study in the grade 11 world religions course. Religious symbols are an outward representation of God. Symbols help individuals strengthen their relationship with God. Moreover, the web site offers background information specifically on symbols related to Judaism. When logging on the site click on "signs and symbols" icon.--Emilio Belmonte

6 Jewish-Christian Relations

Contemporary Jewish- Christian relationships and the struggle for harmony set in the context of centuries of Jewish persecution.

Jewish Christian Relations www.jcrelations.net/en/

WELCOME to jcrelations.net, which is devoted to fostering mutual respect and understanding between Christians and Jews around the world. Here you will find articles, reviews, reports, official statements, and study resources on Jewish-Christian relations, as well as links to many related organizations. Please click on Contact to offer feedback or propose additions to the site.-website

7 “In your hearing...”  Revelation and the Church 30-500

The Jewish people find meaning out of revelation. The emergence of the Christian Church as a participant in the same struggle to find meaning.

A Page of Babylonian Talmud www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/TalmudPage.html

This site shows a typical page of the Talmud in which one form of text wraps around another, written in different scripts. Each paragraph of the main text contains references to the Bible and to rabbinic interpretations of the law; the framing commentary, which also appears on each page, contains references to legal codes, related citations and conflicting opinions. Each page of the Talmud is an intricate conversation, linked by connections to a sacred text.

Early Christian Studies Resource Page http://moses.creighton.edu/NAPS/napslinks/index.htm

An extensive page of links to sites in Early Church History. Quite academic.

Unit 3: We Surrender 

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8 The Story of Islam

Introduction to the story of Islam as an endeavour to attain peace through surrender.  Students explore history of Islam including the life of the prophet Muhammad, and other significant historical Muslim figures.

History of Islam
http://www.barkati.net/english/
This site helps to outline the history of Islam, as well as the spread of this religion to various parts of the world. A detailed chronology is provided. There are also brief discriptions of the revival of Islam and outlines of various reform organizations around the world. The education and science systems are discussed as well as the spread of Islamic scientific beliefs to other parts of the world.

 

9 Islam Today

An introduction to Islam’s contemporary expression, its beliefs, practices, ritual, symbols, sacred writings, sacred spaces, art and artifacts; A focus on Muslim moral principles and the impact of religious belief on family life and gender roles today.

 

10 Islam and The Church 500-1000

An analysis of Muslim- Christian relationships and interfaith dialogue. Early Christianity’s surrender to the mystery with an emphasis on the Monastic tradition and the Muslim tradition of Sufism.

Unit 4: We Believe

 

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11 The Story of Christianity

The story of Christianity continues from 1000 until 1600. The causes, events and consequences of the Great Schism and the Reformation are traced.

12 Protestant and Orthodox Churches Today

The contemporary characteristics of Orthodox and Protestant denominations are explored.

13 Sacramentality

An examination of how the principle of Sacramentality has shaped the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 

Unit 5: We Search

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14 Hinduism

An introduction to the religions of the East; An exploration of the various paths of salvation found in Hinduism (worship, knowledge, prayer and action).

Yoga Basics www.yogabasics.com


In the Hinduism section of Unit 5 we focus on the Paths of Salvation also called the 4 types of yoga. Raja yoga specifically practicing hatha yoga (physical postures) for a week in the chapel (or even throughout the rest of the semester) is a fun and highly beneficial way to help students understand the concept of mind, body, spirit balance. This website provides very specific information on how to perform yoga and meditation. Start with the New users section on the homepage and click on yoga for some general information on history and types of yoga. Go back to the homepage and click on yoga for beginners under the New users section. This section starts with as lesson on breathing, then moves into how to practice basic meditation, then provides a small picture but detailed step by step description of how to perform a few basic postures, and ends with a relaxation exercise. This section also provides general guidelines such as when not to practice, modifying postures, intensity and duration of practice etc. The section also includes lists of recommended books, DVDs and videos, and music CDs. --Katherine Anderson

Hindu Kids Universe http://www.hindukids.org

An introduction to the religions of the East; An exploration of the various paths of salvation found in Hinduism (worship, knowledge, prayer and action). At first glance, this interactive webpage may seem elementary for high school students. However, since the content is written in the children’s language (the page is probably intended for children Hindu children), it makes it easy for students to learn about the religion. It is highly interactive. For example, when one clicks on ‘prayer’, a multimedia pray book opens up. Not only can users flips through its pages, some prayers and hymns can be played through the computer speakers. Another section shows an animated version of the traditional festivals. It is like a watching a cartoon movie, while still learning about the origin / rationale of the festival. Students can definitely learn and have some fun here! -- Kenny Ho

15 Buddhism

An examination of Buddhism using the “Three Jewels” of Buddhism  -- The Buddha; the Dharma (teaching) and the Sangha (the community) -- as a framework.

An Introduction to Buddhism
www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/buddhaintro.html


The website was written for a course in Buddhist philosophy and thus covers philosophical (8 fold path) rather than theological content (heaven, hell, gods, demons, ghosts…). The information is laid out in a clear table of contents with straight forward headings (sub topics). The information within each sub topic is thorough and accurate and supported by visuals and quotes. Some of the sub topics that were particularly relevant to the grade 11 course include The Life of Siddhartha Gautama, A map of Buddha’s world that helps students see where Buddhism began and where it spread (map can be easily printed out and transferred to overhead), The history of Buddhism which outlines the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, Buddhism Hymns and Prayers to begin class, Buddhist Philosophy including the 4 Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and samsara, and Buddhist Morality. All sub topics are very well organized, thorough, concise and highly relevant to the course expectations. --Katherine Anderson

 

Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) http://www.fwbo.org/buddhism.html

An examination of Buddhism using the “Three Jewels” of Buddhism -- The Buddha; the Dharma (teaching) and the Sangha (the community) -- as a framework. This website tells a brief philosophy of Buddhism, its teachings, its practices, and its festival. The focus of the website is on the teachings of Buddhism (the “four noble truths”, “the threefold way”, “the three jewels”). A section of this website contains articles explaining the relevance of its teachings to our daily lives. Some articles answer frequently asked questions of its teachings and practices. (i.e. What happens when we die? How do we live in harmony with nature?) Other articles are personal stories and testimonials of how individuals have lived their lives following the teachings of Buddhism. Teachers can definitely use / assign this website for students to explore and self discover the philosophies and the teachings of this religion.--Kenny Ho

 

Buddhanet.net http://www.buddhanet.net
This website is one of the most comprehensive websites about Buddhism. Every fathomable topic is covered. For those students that are visual or auditable learns there are sections that contain multimedia presentations of chants and discussions. Most importantly there is a section with a syllabus for both Elementary and Secondary teacher , for teaching our students about their religion (http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/index.htm)--Greg Bolton

 

16 Sikhism

An independent study of Sikhism applying the analytic model of religion studied earlier in the course.

 

The Sikhism Home Page http://www.sikhs.org/
This site discusses the origin and development of Sikhism, as well as giving a general introduction to the philosophy and scriptures of this religion. This site extensively talks about the way of life that the believers adopt. Finally, it has a page dealing with several various resources, from Sikh names to essays on specific aspects of Sikhism.

17 Christian West meets Religions of the East

An outline of Church history from 1600 to 1900 with a particular concentration on the challenges of evangelization. An analysis of the points of connection between Christian and Eastern religions in church documents, and the stories of historical encounters.

 

18 Prayer and Spirituality

A prayer experience which integrates various media and a reflection upon the place of prayer in our studies.

 

Unit 6: We Continue in Faith

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19 The Church 1900- to the present

Introduction to contemporary challenges faced by individuals and groups in the continued quest for meaning. Emphasis will be placed on the role of faith in this quest for meaning

20 Secularism

An analysis of secularism in the quest for meaning. The critical challenges to belief are explored. The role of the media is examined.

 

21 Sects and Cults

An analysis of sects and cults in the quest for meaning.