This course is part of the World Religions Through Their Scriptures XSeries

The study of religion is the study of a rich and fascinating dimension of human experience that includes but goes well beyond beliefs and ritual practices. In this religion course, learners explore case studies about how religions are internally diverse, how they evolve and change through time, and how religions are embedded in all dimensions of human experience. We’ll explore these tenets through the lens of scripture and through themes such as gender and sexuality, art, violence and peace, science, and power and authority.

Join me and peers from around the world to embark on this journey to better understand religion in human affairs.

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What you'll learn

  • Tools for how to interpret the roles religions play in contemporary and historic contexts;
  • How religions are internally diverse
  • How religions evolve and change
  • How religions are embedded in all human cultures
  • The strengths and limitations of learning about religions through their scriptures.

This is the first religion course in a series of World Scriptures courses from HarvardX:

Meet The Faculty

Diane L.  Moore

Diane L. Moore

Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education, Harvard Divinity School

Diane L. Moore is a senior lecturer on religious studies and education at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Her research centers on the public understanding of religion through education, examined from a cultural studies perspective. Her current focus is on the intersection of religion, ecology, and human rights. She is the director of the program in religious studies and education and serves on the editorial boards of Religion and Education and the British Journal of Religious Education. Moore is chair of the American Academy of Religion's Task Force on Religion in the Schools, which is conducting a three-year initiative to establish guidelines for teaching religion in K-12 public schools. Her book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education was published in 2007. She serves as the coordinator for the Certificate in Religious Studies and Education offered through the Harvard Extension School and Divinity School. In 2005, she was one of two professors chosen by HDS students as Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

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Anna Mudd

Anna Mudd

Anna received her B.A. in Religion from Haverford College and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School. Anna has taught 5th–8th-grade social studies and comparative religion in Dorchester, MA, and completed her student teaching in 8th-grade social studies in Arlington, MA, while at Harvard. For four years, she served as the Curriculum Coordinator at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Anna currently develops digital curricular projects for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She is also a graphic artist.

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