ONLINE: The evolution of the religions of Japan, India and China differed from that of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will trace how these religions developed over time through the lenses of history, philosophy and art. How are they different? What do they have in common? We will discuss their basic beliefs and practices from the perspective of what a believer would want others to know. This introduction will help students understand the reasons for differing Asian values and viewpoints, as well as the influence of local cultures on these beliefs. We will begin by exploring Japanese Shinto. We will then move on to the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as Jainism and Sikhism. Next, we will focus on Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Daoism and, finally, atheism. This course will make use of PowerPoint slides along with lectures, and will use images to examine what religion was like even before the Asian religions were founded. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Sally Purath earned her B.A. in social sciences and M.Ed. at Colorado State University. She taught history, world humanities and language arts to 12th graders for 26 years, as well as many teacher workshops. Sally has extensive training in history and humanities, especially of the U.S., Russia, India, China, Japan, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Sally has been teaching courses for OLLI since 2009 at Colorado State and Duke.