What actually is religion?
People have found it much harder than we might expect to answer to that question. On December 10 the World Religions discussion group will begin a Great Course entitled Comparative Religion. Prof. Charles Kimball (University of Oklahoma) examines attempts to define religion and turns to a comparative approach, while recognizing its limitations. Because one’s own religious culture affects perceptions of other religions, comparative study can enhance our understanding of religion and religious questions.
Kimball next reviews twelve aspects of religions that have been suggested as universals and he presents ways in which five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) share these features but also embody some striking differences. Our understanding of these aspects of religion, from rituals to texts to morals and mysticism, will be enriched by comparisons explored in future talks.
Please join us in the library on intermittent Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00. In the next two months we’ll meet on December 10, January 7, and January 21. Contact Lessie Culmer-Nier (973-593-0114 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.