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Ethics in World Religions

Different worldviews pose different answers to questions like: What is a good human life? How do we know? Where does evil come from? Understanding how different traditions answer these questions broadens our imagination and gives us more ideas of what is possible—in our own lives and traditions, in our society, and in the world. 

All current religious traditions include ethical components: teachings and practices of particular ways of living. The interesting questions are: How are traditions similar in the ways they envision a good life, and how are they different? Historically, religious ethics has been conducted from a Euro-American standpoint, as though scholars were judging which other traditions “measured up” to Western Christianity. This course examines several of these traditions from the standpoint of people within that faith community. In particular, this course is intended to introduce the ethics of Islam, Hinduism, Navajo, and Judaism.

Laura Yordy has recently retired from the Department of Philosophy & Religion at Bridgewater College. She has taught religious studies and philosophy for over 15 years, specializing in different approaches to religious and philosophical ethics. In particular, she has taught religious ethics, Christian ethics, environmental ethics, bioethics, and ethics and identity.

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