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14.8A: Protestantism
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Protestantism is one of the major umbrella religions in the U.S., and is constantly evolving in response to political and social changes.

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Religious Studies
Sociology
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Date Added:
03/11/2021
14.8B: Catholicism
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Catholicism has a long history in the U.S., with the Catholic Church the single largest religious denomination
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03/11/2021
14.8C: Judaism
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American Jews, also known as Jewish Americans, are American citizens of the Jewish faith or Jewish ethnicity. The Jewish community in the United States is composed predominantly of Ashkenazi Jews who emigrated from Central and Eastern Europe, and their U.S.-born descendants. Minorities from all Jewish ethnic divisions are also represented, including Sephardi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, and a number of converts. The American Jewish community manifests a wide range of Jewish cultural traditions, as well as encompassing the full spectrum of Jewish religious observance.

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Religious Studies
Sociology
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Date Added:
03/11/2021
14.8D: Islam
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The American Muslim population is a racially diverse group that has been present in the U.S. since before the Civil War
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Religious Studies
Sociology
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Date Added:
03/11/2021
14.8F: Affiliation
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The main religious preferences in the Unites States include (in order): Christianity, unaffiliate, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

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Religious Studies
Sociology
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LibreTexts
Date Added:
03/11/2021
Colonial Religion
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This collection uses primary sources to explore religion during the Colonial period of US History. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

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Religious Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Adena Barnette
Date Added:
01/20/2016
Divining America: Religion in American History
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The National Humanities center presents this collection of essays by leading scholars on the topic 'Divining America: Religion in American History. The Essays explore religion in America in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and consider Native American religion, African American Christianity, the American Jewish experience, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam. They explore religious movements such as the Great Awakenings, the missionary movement, abolitionism, and fundamentalism. Topics like deism, pluralism, church and state separation, Manifest Destiny, and the Christian Right are also examined.

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Religious Studies
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11/11/2021
Early Christianity
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These videos address the topics of Early Christianity, The spread of Christianity, Christianity in the Roman Empire, and the Council of Nicaea.

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Religious Studies
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Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/11/2021
Early Judaism, part 2
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An overview from the first kings of a unified Judah and Israel to the beginning of the Jewish Diaspora with the destruction of the Second Temple.

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Religious Studies
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Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
The Five Major World Religions
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It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Lesson by John Bellaimey, animation by TED-Ed.

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Religious Studies
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Reading
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/11/2021
The Five Pillars of Islam
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Almost as soon as the Arab armies of Islam conquered new lands, they began erecting mosques and palaces and commissioning other works of art as expressions of their faith and culture. Many aspects of religious practice in Islam also emerged and were codified. The religious practice of Islam, which literally means "to submit to God", is based on tenets that are known as the Five Pillars, arkan, to which all members of the Islamic community, Umma, should adhere.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Golden Age of Islam
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The Abbasid Caliphate becomes a center of learning from the 9th to the 13th centuries, collecting the knowledge of India, China and ancient Greece while also making significant new contributions to mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, medicine and geography.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Hajj
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One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able; it is the most spiritual event that a Muslim experiences, observing rituals in the most sacred places in the Islamic world. Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. The sanctuary there with the Ka‘ba is the holiest site in Islam. As such, it is a deeply spiritual destination for Muslims all over the world; it is the heart of Islam.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Hindu Gods Overview
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An overview of the Hindu pantheon including: Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Ganesh, Parvati, Durga, Lakshmi, Karthikeya, Rama and Krishna.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
Hinduism: core ideas of Brahman, Atman, Samsara and Moksha.
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Hinduism is one of the oldest and largest religions in the world. It is also one of the most diverse in terms of practice. This video gives an overview of the central spiritual ideas of Brahman, Atman, Samsara and Moksha.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
Hindu temples
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A Hindu temple can be a simple structure by the side of the road or a large complex including many buildings. Temples serve as dwelling places for deities, surrounded by markets selling offerings and flowers. The inner sanctuaries are small and intended for a few worshippers at a time. Above the sanctuaries are central towers, shaped like the mountain home of the gods and brightly painted.

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Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts
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After completing basic biblical Greek, students are often eager to continue to learn and strengthen their skills of translation and interpretation. This intermediate graded reader is designed to meet those needs. The reader is “intermediate” in the sense that it presumes the user will have already learned the basics of Greek grammar and syntax and has memorized Greek vocabulary words that appear frequently in the New Testament. The reader is “graded” in the sense that it moves from simpler translation work (Galatians) towards more advanced readings from the book of James, the Septuagint, and from one of the Church Fathers. In each reading lesson, the Greek text is given, followed by supplemental notes that offer help with vocabulary, challenging word forms, and syntax. Discussion questions are also included to foster group conversation and engagement. There are many good Greek readers in existence, but this reader differs from most others in a few important ways. Most readers offer text selections from different parts of the Bible, but in this reader the user works through one entire book (Galatians). All subsequent lessons, then, build off of this interaction with Galatians through short readings that are in some way related to Galatians. The Septuagint passages in the reader offer some broader context for texts that Paul quotes explicitly from the Septuagint. The Patristic reading from John Chrysystom comes from one of his homilies on Galatians. This approach to a Greek reader allows for both variety and coherence in the learning process.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
George Fox university Library
Author:
Jonah M. Sandford
Nijay K. Gupta
Date Added:
01/01/2018
Introducing the philosophy of religion
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In this course, you will consider the meanings of the key terms ‘God’ and ‘religion’; identify some key questions in the philosophy of religion; think about the difference between philosophical and non-philosophical questions about religion, and look at the often-discussed question of whether argument and evidence are even possible when we are thinking about religion. Then we will note the variety of possible ways of arguing for or against God’s existence; distinguish three different arguments, and describe and assess one of them in more detail.

Note: the copyright holder must be contacted for permissions if a user wants to alter or transform the materials in any way. Please review the materials for more information.

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Religious Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
11/11/2021
Introduction to Islam
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A high level overview of Islam, the 5 pillars of Sunni Islam, and the Muslim belief that Islam is the extension of the faith of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Philosophy of Religion
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Here is a simple listing of what is to be considered in this text and course:

1. What is Philosophy of Religion?

2. What is Religion? What are the characteristics of Religion ?

3. What are the religions of the world?

4. What is God? What are the Attributes of deity (god) ?

5. Arguments for God's Existence: Are there any rational reasons to believe?

6. The Problem of Evil - Rational arguments for disbelief: how can God exist and ther be evil in the world?

7. Souls and the afterlife: What proof is there that souls survive death?

8. Faith vs. Reason - Are there other ways to find a basis for belief?

9. Religious Language: Do religious beliefs need to be based on truth? Should religious claims be subjected to scientific verification?

10. Morality and Religion: Is there any other basis possible for a moral foundation to support a social order?

11. What is the essence of Religion?

The objective of this work is to arrive at a critical, informed and accurate understanding of what religion is, what it is about and what value it may have in the contemporary world. It is designed to foster critical thinking concerning topics related to religion. It is designed to be challenging and hopefully of those who respond to the challenge it will prove to be rewarding of the effort.

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Philosophy
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Philip A. Pecorino
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Religious diversity: Rethinking religion
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Religion is not necessarily what you think it is! This free course, Religious diversity: rethinking religion, will present a selection of the vast variety of religious practices and beliefs in Britain today. Having familiarity with religions is increasingly required to make sense of issues of local, national and global importance.

This course will introduce skills that enable you to better understand and interact with people whose ideas and actions have been influenced by religion. Understanding religion will also help you have a deeper appreciation of ideas about the secular and how secularity functions in British society today.

This taste of religious studies as a discipline will begin to enable you to interact with religious diversity in today’s world in a more confident, informed way.

This course will also give you a taste of the Open University course A227 Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences. This short free course focuses on a selection of religious places and practices in London. However, the full course explores religion in a more global context, with a focus on how religion is actually lived and practiced.

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Religious Studies
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Date Added:
11/11/2021
Shinto
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An introduction to Shinto, one of Japan's earliest belief systems. Created by Asian Art Museum.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
Sikhism introduction
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An overview of the founding of the Sikh religion started by Guru Nanak. Discussion of persecution by the Mughals and militarization by Gurus Har Gobind, Teg Bahadur and Gobind Singh. Overview of Khalsa.

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Religious Studies
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Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/12/2021
Six Ways of Being Religious
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The book proposes the hypothesis that six generic ways of being religious may be found in any large-scale religious tradition such as Christianity or Buddhism or Islam or Hinduism: sacred rite, right action, devotion, shamanic mediation, mystical quest, and reasoned inquiry. These are recurrent ways in which, socially and individually, devout members of these traditions take up and appropriate their stories and symbols in order to draw near to, and come into right relationship with, what the traditions attest to be the ultimate reality.

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Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Western Oregon University
Author:
Dale Cannon
Date Added:
12/05/2019
The Spread of Islam
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Overview of the spread of Islam from the time of Muhammed to the Rashidun, Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates. Discussion of Muslim conquest and conversion.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/10/2021
Studying the Bible: The Tanakh and Early Christian Writings
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Studying the Bible: The Tanakh and Early Christian Writings is a university-level, textbook introduction to the study of the Bible, its literary forms, and historical and cultural contexts. This textbook is a companion to the Bible courses taught in the English Department at Kansas State University, in particular ENGL 470 The Bible, though it is available for use in other courses and contexts. This textbook examines the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Tanakh) and the early Christian writings of the New Testament. It is an introduction to the analysis of biblical texts, their histories, and their interpretations. The emphasis throughout this textbook is on the literary qualities of these biblical texts as well as their cultural and historical contexts.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Anna Goins
Gregory Eiselein
Naomi J. Wood
Date Added:
11/18/2021