The History
of Religions
​​Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism and Confucianism
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To study a religion, it’s better to have an assistant alongside. Otherwise, it is very easy to get lost in Buddhist sacred scriptures or commentaries on the New Testament. In this course, you will learn how to stay afloat in the ocean of beliefs and to have an impartial view of the religions.
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One session – one era from the history of religions. Each session consists of 5–6 video lessons lasting 10–20 minutes each
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This course is suitable for those who start exploring Religions from scratch, as well as for those who want to arrange their current knowledge of the subject
During the seven lessons, you will take a look at the history of the most widely practiced religions in the world. We will find out what Gods are worshiped worldwide, what traditions and rituals are practiced. You will see how philosophy, culture and our everyday lives have been influenced by different beliefs for many centuries.
The difference between Protestants and Catholics, Sunnis and Shiites, Taoists and Confucians
The meaning of the sacred Hindu „Om”
Why Muslims fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan
The sacred meaning of the Sabbath for Jews and how to observe it
You Will Learn
How the concept of karma works and whether it is possible to comprehend the Tao
Course Curriculum
lesson 1
Orthodox and Reform, the Torah, bar mitzvah, and the Shabbat
Judaism is the world's oldest monotheistic religion. In Judaism, the most important book is the holy Torah. During this lesson we will learn the main branches of Judaism. We will get to know:
why Jews consider themselves to be the chosen people
what the concept of God's covenant with man is about
what is a bar mitzvah
the difference between Orthodox and Reformed Judaism
why it’s forbidden to work on the Shabbat
lesson 2
Orthodox, Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, Mormons, and Evangelicals
Orthodox and Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans, Mormons and Evangelicals: Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in terms of the number of followers and the most complex in terms of internal organization. During the lesson, we will:
consider the similarities and differences between all of the Christian denominations
discuss the phenomenon of Jesus Christ
talk about the ideas of Christianity that organize lives of more than two billion people
understand how the Bible is arranged
understand the difference between the Pope and the Patriarch
see what Christian ethics are based on
lesson 3
Sunnis, Shiites, Sufis, the Quran, and Mecca
The name of the greatest Muslim prophet — Muhammad — is the most popular in the world. Islam appeared 600 years after Christianity, but in terms of the follower’s number it is about to catch up with it. Despite being such a widespread religion, many people still know very little about it. During this lesson, we are going to change that, and more:
explore the main branches of Islam
find out why millions of people make a pilgrimage to Mecca each year
learn how the lunar calendar works
see whether Sufis — the followers of the mystical form of Islam — can perform apparent miracles
lesson 4
Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, the Vedas, karma, and dharma
Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world: it appeared several millennia ago and combines various teachings. During the lecture we will:
get acquainted with the main Hindu texts and the key ideas of Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and other sects of Hinduism
understand the purpose of yoga and the difference between karma and dharma
see how Brahma created the universe and why every Hindus can choose which God they want to worship
lesson 5
Theravada, Mahayana, Nirvana, and Bodhisattvas
Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, lived a prosperous life of luxury and abundance until he decided to see the real world outside his palace. When he saw it, he founded a religion which prioritized doubt, logic and exercising your mind. During the lecture we will discuss:
the four truths discovered by the Buddha
the difference between Buddhism and Hinduism
how many „awakened” Buddhas are actually there
if a concept of God exists in Buddhism
whether all followers of this doctrine refrain from eating meat
how to reach Nirvana
lesson 6
The ethical aspects, the five elements and the tea ceremony
In the 5th century BCE, Confucianism developed as an ethical and philosophical doctrine about relationships within the family and society, principles of ruling the country and performing religious rituals. The teaching turned out to be so comprehensive and its influence on the culture and traditions of China was so strong that it started to be considered as a religion. Chinese families have lived by the strict rules of Confucianism for centuries. In this lecture, we will get to the root of the ancient Chinese teachings. We'll find out:
why philosophers need a book about the divination by the shoulder blades of sheep
why it is necessary to maintain the order of Heaven
how an ethical teaching became a religion
how fire, metal and wood help promote social order
the purpose of observing the rituals of the tea ceremony
lesson 7
„Yin” and „yang”, elixir of life, spirits, and the multifaced Tao
Along with Confucianism, the poetic and mystical Taoism was spreading in China. This is one of the most unusual and complex religions, where you can find the elixir of life, practices for controlling spirits, paradoxes and belief in the natural order of things. This is a syncretic and contradictory system, which we will break down in the final lecture of the course. We will:
understand the essence of the idea of the multifaceted and ubiquitous Tao
talk about the unity and struggle of opposites known as „yin” and „yang”
discuss the Taoist vision of the path of human self-improvement
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