This course introduces students to various religious worldviews and communities (this semester, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) within New York City. It aims to cultivate a general understanding of the core teachings and practices of these communities through textual study, dialogical interactions, site visits, and participation in spiritual practices. Throughout all, it also aims to foster awareness of inter- and intra-religious diversity, and of the ways in which the specific context of New York City shapes religious worldviews and practices.

Through the specific lenses of theology of religious diversity and comparative theology, this course also endeavors to explore the fact, challenges, and opportunities of religious diversity. It does so through consideration of core questions that arise in light of the phenomenon of religious diversity; of diverse perspectives on religious diversity drawn from each tradition; and of the manner in which learning about other traditions can prompt new insights into one’s own tradition/beliefs. In line with the latter, this course requires students to examine and articulate their own positions on religious diversity.