Type: Curriculum

This Religious Studies Portal highlights religions, philosophies, worldviews and traditions from around the world and throughout time.
  • A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
    • An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature
  • Aquinas and Dante
    • Summary of the lives and works of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Dante Alighieri
  • Art of the Islamic World
    • This course serves as an introduction to the pre-modern Islamic artistic traditions of the Mediterranean, Near East, and Central and South Asia. This course is organized around the major dynasties under which Islamic art and architecture were produced.
  • Browse the Syllabi by Subject
    • The Syllabus Project offers a wide range of course syllabi from scholars working within the academic study of religion. Teachers in the field have contributed some of their most creative syllabi to this site.
  • Buddhism Education Pack
    • As an important religion on the Silk Road for much of the first millennium AD, Buddhism played a central role in shaping tradition and culture across Central Asia for hundreds of years. Learn about the history and transmission of Buddhism across Asia, and study its teachings and iconography though items from Silk Road collections worldwide.
  • Buddhist Art
    • This course serves as an introduction to the Buddhist artistic traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia, as well as the Himalayas. It is organized into four units based on the development of Buddhist schools and artistic traditions in Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and China, Korea, and Japan.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art
    • In this course, we will study the history of Eastern (Orthodox) Christian art. The course begins with an overview of the emergence of Christianity in the Late Antique period and the formation of the Christian visual language that grew out of the Classical tradition.
  • Early Medieval Monasticism
    • Sometime around the year 270, a twenty year old boy called Anthony, a Christian who had been raised in Egypt, entered a church and Christian monasticism was born. After giving away all his possessions, Anthony went to live in the desert. Although he returned to the "old world" several times in his life, he continued to live in solitude for the rest of his life.
  • EasyEnglish Bible
    • EasyEnglish is a form of simple English and is intended for those who speak English as a second language or have limited English skills, with a vocabulary of 2800 words.This site contains Bible commentaries, translations, studies, and other materials written in simple English.
  • Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560-1715
    • By the beginning of the 16th century, the medieval Church and all that it represented, entered a period of profound crisis. By this time, the Church was nearly fifteen centuries old. Throughout its history the Church always had to confront problems both within its organization and from without. But by 1500, these problems rose to the surface.
  • Guide to the Study of Philosophy
    • A simple guide to reading philosophical texts, philosophical dialogue, and writing research papers about philosophy by Dr. Garth Kemerling.
  • Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K-12 Public Schools in the United States
    • Produced by the American Academy of Religion. Covers areas such as why teach about religion, how to teach about religion, and teacher education.
  • Heretics, Heresies and the Church
    • By the 11th century, medieval Christianity was composed of a body of faith drawn from several sources: Holy Scriptures, the Church Fathers, the popes, numerous ecclesiastical councils and finally, the clergy. What resulted was Christian dogma - a set of beliefs to which every good Christian would offer their acceptance. This is a summary of their beliefs.
  • Islamic Civilization
    • On the outer edge of the Latin world, in Spain, Sicily, and North Africa, and surrounding Byzantium in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, was the world of Islam. For centuries, Islam was both a threat and the source of new ideas to the Greek East and Latin West. Between the 7th and 12th centuries, Islam became the center of a brilliant civilization and of a great scientific, philosophic, and artistic culture.
  • Learning About Surveys
    • Students will examine and participate in the design, development, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of surveys. The culminating activity enables the students to apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed in order to implement a survey of their own design and then interpret and report the results of their survey. From the Association of Religion Data Archives.
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Augustus Caesar and the Pax Romana
    • History about Augustus Caesar and the period of The Roman Peace...
  • Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History: Christianity as a Cultural Revolution
    • When Christianity came to the Roman Empire it performed perhaps one of the most significant cultural revolutions in the history of the West.
  • Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora
    • MIT Opencourseware for a class on Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism
    • MIT course: We understand our world and shape our lives in large part by assigning meanings to objects, beings, and persons; by connecting things together in symbolic patterns; and by creating elaborate forms of symbolic action and narrative. In this introductory subject we consider how symbols are created and structured; how they draw on and give meaning to different domains of the human world; how they are woven into politics, family life, and the life cycle; and how we can interpret them.
  • TeachPhilosophy101
    • This site presents strategies and resources for faculty members and graduate assistants who teach philosophy courses, especially at the introductory level; it also includes material of interest to college faculty generally.
  • The Bible
    • This course is an introduction to major books from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Particular attention has been given to literary techniques, issues resulting from translation from the original Hebrew and Greek, and the different historical periods that produced and are reflected in the Bible. Investigation of the Bible as influence in later narrative, philosophic, and artistic traditions.
  • The Church Fathers: St. Jerome and St. Augustine
    • The Roman persecutions of Jews and Christians had the unintended consequence of producing a vast and well-known list of saints and martyrs.
  • The Holy Crusades
    • Beginning in the 11th century, the people of western Europe launched a series of armed expeditions, or Crusades, to the East and Constantinople. The reason for the Crusades is relatively clear: the West wanted to free the Holy Lands from Islamic influence. The first of early Crusades were part of a religious revivalism. The initiative was taken by popes and supported by religious enthusiasm and therefore the Crusades demonstrated papal leadership as well as popular religious beliefs.
  • The Impact of Luther and the Radical Reformation
    • By the early 1520s, Luther had attracted a vast following while the printing presses spread his message and reputation across Germany. With his death in 1546, we can find people of all social classes who had clearly sided with Luther and Lutheranism. The major question we must ask remains this: why did Lutheranism cut across class lines and appeal to so many people?
  • The Medieval World View (2)
    • Pope Innocent III painted an alarming picture of a Church dissolving in a sea of heresy. He could paint such a picture because the success of popular heretical and evangelical movements, such as the Waldensians and Albigensians, was positively explosive. The Church was faced with the threat of change by these heresies, a threat reflected in the third canon of the council.
  • The Online Hebrew Tutorial
    • Introduction to the Hebrew Language as spoken in modern-day Israel. Includes full reading/writing tutorials.
  • The Pronunciation of Latin
    • Today, there are two main ways of pronouncing Latin. The two methods are very, very close to one another. Indeed if one is familiar with one method, only a little effort is needed to be able to use the other.
  • The Protestant Reformation
    • The Renaissance helped to secularize European society. Man was now the creator of his own destiny - in a word, the Renaissance unleashed the very powerful notion that man makes his own history.
  • Thesaurus Precum Latinarum
    • The Thesaurus Precum Latinarum is a collection of Latin prayers and Latin hymns with English translations and brief commentaries. The collection contains a wide range of items, such as basic prayers, creeds, prayers before and after Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Litanies, Hymns, Little Offices, Marian devotions, the Rosary, the Angelus, prayers to the Angels and Saints, and prayers for various occasions.
  • Using Scripture for Character
    • Verses and information on teaching children about strength, beauty, church/friends, future rewards and prayer
  • Using Scripture for Comfort
    • Verses and information on teaching children about hope, loneliness, fear, joy, renewal, anger, and healing
  • Using Scripture for Correction
    • Verses and information on teaching children about love and the Holy Spirit
  • Using Scripture for Sin – Purity
    • Verses and information on teaching children about Sin, Salvation and Purity