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World's Religions

The religions of the world have tremendous influence on the world’s communities and cultures. Religions shape every aspect of life including political and economic policies, human rights, literature, art, and the environment. At Loyola, you will explore the past, present, and emerging future of these religions. You will examine what people believe, why they believe it, and how their beliefs form private and public lives. Our Jesuit community has long been committed to understanding the various religions of the world. By deepening your understanding of spirituality and religions both well-known and little-known, you will join in the Jesuit tradition of exploring your world in new ways. Whatever your beliefs, we invite you to explore with us as we grow in appreciation of each other.

Overview of Courses

In addition to a core set of courses exploring religious texts and traditions, you’ll select electives to tailor the program to your interests and complete a research seminar. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • Old Testament as Literature
    This course examines the literary, theological, and social-cultural development of the Old Testament and its importance for modern societies. Topics such as religious syncretism, mythological influences, and the conflicts in religious beliefs and ideas are among the concepts investigated in this course.
  • New Testament as Literature
    This course explores the fundamentals of how the Christian Scriptures came to be and discusses the critical issues that challenge modern interpretations of biblical texts. In our study of the New Testament, we gain insights into the social, cultural, literary, and religious contexts in which the early Christian texts arose.
  • Christianity and the Environment
    This course is a study of Christian life and commitment to the stewardship of Earth. It emphasizes the development of scientific perspectives and the exploration of a creation spirituality.
  • Religion and Media
    This course explores the impact of media on religious beliefs and practices. It examines how the critical consumption and production of media shapes modern concepts of religion.

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World's Religions Course Information

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Contact the Department of Religious Studies:
Phone (504) 865-3943 | Location: Bobet Hall, Room 408
Mailing Address: 6363 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 81, New Orleans, LA 70118