The course provides an overview of the world’s religious traditions. We will begin by discussing the nature and study of religion. Then we will launch into an introduction to the various world religions. Given the breadth of the subject matter, we will want to strike a balance among the texts, traditions, and practices of each religion. Throughout the course we will discuss questions that highlight the similarities and differences between Christianity and the other religions. We will seek to understand these traditions sympathetically, with a goal of appreciating the world's diverse religious communities. The course exposes students to the beliefs, cultures, and histories of a variety of non-Western peoples and encourages students to think about the presence and significance of religious traditions worldwide.