The Role of Religion in Human History
Jul 30, 1988
The focus of these lectures will be the problem of religion as a major force in man's history. The series will begin with a treatment of religion in primitive society. It will then proceed to a study of the more complex "world religions" which promise "meaning" to the lives of individuals by providing them with elaborate codes of conduct and directions for attaining "inner peace." Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will be dealt with as examples of world religions. In the course of the lectures a theory will be developed concerning the fundamental nature and significance of religion. The special problems religion presents today will be discussed.