Harvard offers a free online course to teach the world about religion

A free online course offered by Harvard University kicked off this week, with the aim of teaching the international community more about each other’s religions in order to promote better understanding and tolerance among religions.

Entitled Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scripturesthe course aims to help students “develop a better understanding of the rich and complex ways in which religions function in historical and contemporary contexts” by exploring the religious systems of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism .

It is available through the edX platform and is taught by Diane L Moore, Senior Lecturer and Director of Religious Literacy Project to Harvard School of Theology.

One of the main aims of the course is to break down misconceptions and simplistic understandings of various religions.

“Making statements that begin with ‘Jews believe’ or ‘Hindus believe’ is always problematic because of the great diversity of beliefs within all religious traditions,” explains a video that is part of the course curriculum. .

One participant called it an “extraordinary journey of discovery, reflection and community”, while another said it gave them “hope that we are all moving towards a world with more compassion, peace and understanding”.

The course has even been endorsed by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Sign up for Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures here.

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