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REL 101: Comparative Religion

Helpful information and resources for course

Earth in space thought cloud with world religion symbols inside.

Image combined from:
Altmann, G. (2017, September 12). Universe Sky. [Image]. Pixabay. Retrieved May 05, 2021, from
OpenClipart-Vectors. (2016, March 31). Abstract Cooperation Earth. [Image]. Pixabay. Retrieved May 05, 2021, from;
Sowlos. (2012, October 9). Religious Symbols. [Image]. Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved May 05, 2021, from

"Are religious beliefs vastly different from one another? Are they a major cause of strife around the world or a source of peace? Where are the similarities? Can religions even exist in our hectic 21st Century world? Can science and religion coexist? Does God even exist? Comparative religions will look for answers by examining the major religious traditions of the world. From the West – Christianity, Judaism, Islam. From the East – Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism. In addition, we’ll explore some of the lesser known beliefs such as Native American beliefs, Paganism, Wicca, Scientology, and others. We’ll be following a text, but the course will also include several primary sources and religious documents for a more comprehensive understanding" (Central Maine Community College. (2021, March 1). Central Maine Community College 2021-2022 Catalog, 146. Central Maine Community College. Retrieved May 6, 2021, from

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