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Comparative Religion: From Christianity to Confucianism

Register for this Fall 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.

Religion is consistently a news item in our world today; it factors into conflicts in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and India, among other places. Catholics are divided on the wisdom of the pope, Jews on the policies of Israel, and Muslims on their relation to modern secularism. But none of these divisions makes sense to outsiders without a basic understanding of the religions involved. In this course, gain a basic understanding of the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions. Explore the meaning of religious experience, the distinction between myth and history, and the appeal—or not—of ritual. We also will discuss important questions: Why do religious communities split, for example, Sunni and Shiite Islam? What does “law” mean to observant Jews? What do Christians mean by the “Trinity”? Can “nothing” be “something” in Hindu and Buddhist contexts? Is Confucianism a religion at all? These questions and more will enliven our explorations into the major religions of the world. Fall 2023 tuition is $849.
Registering at least 3 weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts of world religions

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2023
    • Date

      Sep 14 - Nov 16
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center