Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion DVDThe 24 lectures of Comparative Religion offers you an opportunity to gain a solid grasp of the key ideas of religion.   Using five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism) as illustrations of how religions can address the same core issues in parallel and different ways, award-winning Professor Charles Kimball of the University of Oklahoma leads you on an exploration of religion’s complex and multidimensional nature.

It’s an exploration that can strengthen the interpersonal understanding that underlies your daily relationships, enhance your perception of events in a diverse world, and deepen your appreciation of your own beliefs and the traditions followed by others.

REGISTRATION AND COST

This class is FREE and is considered “Drop-in” friendly.” Come for the entire series or just your favorite topics! (A $5 donation is welcome to help support our work in providing free and low cost Adult Classes to the Greater Orlando community.)

Full description at
https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/comparative-religion.html

SYLLABUS

This class meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7 PM – 9 PM in Room 1 at

First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St
Orlando FL 32803

Oct 10
Class 1
  • 1 – Comparative Religion: Who, What, Why, How
  • 2 – Exploring Similarities and Differences
Oct 24
Class 2
  • 3 – The Sacred, The Holy, and the Profane
  • 4 – Sacred Time, Sacred Space, Sacred Objects
Nov 14
Class 3
  • 5 – Sacred People – Prophets, Sages, Saviors
  • 6 – Sacred People – Clergy, Monastics, Shamans
Dec 12
Class 4
  • 7 – Sacred Signs, Analogues, and Sacraments
  • 8 – Creation Myths and Sacred Stories
Jan 9
Class 5
  • 9 – From Sacred Stories and Letters to Doctrines
  • 10 – Sacred Texts – The Bible and the Qu’ran
Jan 23
Class 6
  • 11 – Sacred Texts – for Hindus and Buddhists
  • 12 – Polytheism, Dualism, Monism, and Monotheism
Feb 13
Class 7
  • 13 – From Birth to Death – Religious Ritual
  • 14 – Daily, Weekly, Annual Religious Rituals
Feb 27
Class 8
  • 15 – Ritual Sacrifice in the World’s Religions
  • 16 – The Human Predicament – How to Overcome It
Mar 12
Class 9
  • 17 – The Problems of Sin and Forgetfulness
  • 18 – Breaking Through the Illusion of Reality
Mar 26
Class 10
  • 19 – The Goals of Religious Life
  • 20 – The Way of Faith and the Way of Devotion
Apr 9
Class 11
  • 21 – The Way of Action and the Way of Meditation
  • 22 – The Way of the Mystics
Apr 23
Class 12
  • 23 – The Evolution of Religious Institutions
  • 24 – Religious Diversity in the 21st Century

CONTACT
Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.