Introduction to Western Monotheism Bundle


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This comprehensive liberal arts education resource includes:

*** A Syntopical Course Guide that walks you through primary, required readings (OER) to be considered during our course. This guide also introduces every themed learning module with a short essay and gives an overview of great thinking on each of our weekly syntopical ideas. Finally, the course guide delivers all of our weekly discussion, essay and fieldwork assignments and even provides you suggestions for further research.

This Confluence Courseware guide explores the intellectual traditions and educational theories associated with learning through: (1) lecture; (2) the reading of primary works; (3) formal discussions; and (4) reflective, analytic and creative thinking.

*** Free annual membership in Fourth World – a non-profit organization promoting conversation, reading and writing habits – is also included as an added BONUS.  As a member you will begin to receive: (1) complementary excerpts of pending publications that we will use for cultural encounter assignments in our class; (2) digital issues of their literary journal (every semester) so you can stay in touch with the humanities all-year; (3) invitations to a free mealtime conversation with your professor to discuss books and ideas as well as invitations to apply for humanities-centered Learning Exchanges in North and South America, Oceania and Europe (full travel scholarships available); and (4) calls to participate in prize-granting contests and to submit your own creative works for publication consideration—including the work we do in this class during the semester.

NOTE:  Once you enter our Syntopical Course Guide you will also activate your Fourth World membership (free-of-charge) and begin receiving member benefits.

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Introduction to Western Monotheism Bundle

Chad Redwing, Ph.D., Humanities, University of Chicago, and Professor of Humanities

A course virtual text package that will serve students as a general interdisciplinary “review” of the Western religious tradition of monotheism with a focus on Jewish and Christian religious traditions with a unit on Islam as a “clash of monotheistic ideals” relevant to the contemporary world.

In the course we will be focusing in-depth on the origins and development of the three Western monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will focus on the sacred texts of these three religious traditions—the Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim and the New Testament in The Holy Bible, and the Qur’an—as well as their rituals and celebrations and the music, art, cinema, philosophy, poetry, drama, literature and architecture inspired by monotheistic religious belief and practice. That is to say, we will be looking at how these monotheistic cultural traditions answer the questions: ―Who are we? ―Where did we come from? and ―Where are we going? We will also briefly look at the physical geography, history and politics of the peoples and lands most influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Emphasis on comparative readings of sacred texts.

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