Religions of the Modern World

This first year module provides an outline of the growth and development of some of the world’s major religious traditions, their primary characteristics, and subsequently considers some of the various forms they take in the contemporary world.

In the module we will focus on four religious traditions – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. You’ll learn about each religion in context and the varieties of its beliefs. We will explore religious ethics and practice, and examine some of the contemporary issues facing these religions today. The module concludes with a cross-cultural and inter-religious examination of some of the key issues for the study of religion in the modern world, such as ethics, politics, gender, and the character of religious life as it faces the challenges of the twenty-first century.