[TE 2545]  Introduction to the World’s Great Religions

Semester II
thursday 08:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: FUSS, Michael
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester II
thursday 08:30 - 10:15


In line with the teaching of Vatican Council II that the Church “rejects nothing of what is true and holy in the religions” (Nostra aetate 2) the course offers a concise presentation of some of the major religious traditions of our contemporary world. Following an initial exploration of the religious phenomenon in general, attention will be focused on the basic elements of Indian religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, Far Eastern traditions (Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto), Islam as well as on the emerging New Age spirituality in Western culture that indicates a changing religious landscape to which theology has to pay attention.


C. E. FARHADIAN, Introducing World Religions, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015; J. R. HINNELLS (ed.), A New Handbook of Living Religions, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1997; J. R. HINNELLS (ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religions, Routledge, Abingdon, 2010; I. MARKHAM (ed.), A World Religions Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996; A. SHARMA (ed.), Our Religions, New York: HarperCollins 1993