In this post I’ve uploaded two more videos for my World Religions philosophy course: Buddhism and Judaism.
In my previous post I introduced the World Religions course that I’ve been teaching for a couple of years. I’ve restructured it and want to make the content available for motivated and self-directed readers to participate. I provided links to the first three videos:
The structure of these videos follows the pattern I established for the Hinduism video:
- A vocabulary list that identifies the distinct terminology of the religion. These are the terms and concepts unique (usually) to the specific religion.
- A set of questions to guide students through identifying how the religion describes the human predicament.
- Another set of questions about the religion’s solution to the human predicament.
- A final set of questions that explore the religion’s conception of the supreme good, or higher life, that results from the pilgrimmage out of the human predicament.
In the three questions sets that track the structure of the analytical Model, I highlight a “challenge” question that appears on that module’s quiz. It requires a short paragraph response and so demands that the student access more insightful meaning than standard recall questions.
Buddhism and Judaism Videos
As I mentioned in my initial post, I’m publishing the key content so that any of my readers can lurk in the course. Just grab the course syllabus from my Faculty page and stay tuned for the remaining videos.
The Buddhism video covers the ideas, beliefs, and practices of “original” Buddhism, and points to four of the major sects or traditions within Buddhism as a whole: Theraveda, Mahayana, Zen, and Vajrayana, or Tantric. Here’s your guide to Buddhism:
I’ve also completed the video for Judaism. This one is a little longer for a couple of reasons. It is the first of the monotheistic and Western religions we cover. I’ve also learned from previous classes that prior knowledge of Christianity, whether the religion itself or the cultural markers familiar to those who are not on its quest, often distorts the comprehension and interpretation of Judaism. So at a couple of key points on the way I digress to raise these issues. As Barney Fife recommends, “Nip it in the bud!” So here’s your guide to Judaism:
I’ll be updating with two more videos as I complete the productions: Christianity and Islam. Subscribe to the blog and you’ll get notified conveniently when those updates are posted.