The purpose of this course is to introduce religious leaders to foundational information about the belief and practices of the world’s religions as part of the fabric of 21st-century America, that they might be better equipped to serve in the midst of that diversity. To these ends, students will learn the concepts, vocabulary, and practices of a number of religions sufficient for engagement in intelligent dialogue with adherents of those religions, and sufficient for being an informed visitor in those religious settings and citizen of a multi-religious neighborhood. Students will also consider a theology of religious difference which promotes neighborliness, hospitality, and mutual understanding. In addition to traditional reading and writing assignments, some online work and field research will be expected.
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