Free Religion ClassesFree religion classes let you discuss religious, spiritual, and church issues in an academic environment. They say you should never discuss religion or politics with another person, because you’re certain to disagree and you’ll never change each other’s minds. Taking a course about religion is an exception to that maxim, because you’re in an environment which (hopefully) encourages discussion, open-mindedness, and tolerance of other attitudes. Aristotle said it’s “the mark of educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” and anyone entering a theology course should keep that quote in mind.

Free Online College Courses in Religion

Below are just some of the college courses I’ve found online through OpenCourseWare. I wish more of the seminary schools and theological study programs would convert some of their basic and intermediate classes to OpenCourseWare, because people are interested in theology and the spiritual life, but they often don’t know how to begin to study such things. Faith-based studies at home on the computer seem like a natural way to reach people who may not go to church or mass. You can tell the administration at Notre Dame University understands this fact, because Notre Dame has a nice list of free online religion courses they offer.

Learn Religion with Online Courses 2020

Foundations of Theology is a Notre Dame OpenCourseWare religous course subtitled “Biblical and Historical”, because the class focuses on early Christianity and the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Professor Gary Anderson teaches a course that any seminary student learns and anyone fascinated in the history of the Judeo-Christian religions should know. Someone interested in this course might also be interested in Jews and Christians throughout history.

Introduction to the Old Testament is all you ever wanted to know about the Old Testament, but were afraid to ask about in Sunday School. My father once asked me to explain to him the significance of a Biblical story about God sending a bear to kill some children who laughed at a bald man. I wish I had known about this free online religion course at the time, because it would have saved me a whole lot of soul searching (and not a little bit of idle speculation). This course lets you study from a Biblical scholar and famed Yale lecturer, Professor Dale B. Martin.

Studying Religion is a free class from the Open University which covers the different forms of religious belief, along with the practices of religions with a focus on the faiths of India and Britain. You’ll also become familiar with some of the basic concepts of religion and methods for how scholars have studied religion in the past.

Religion Today: Themes and Issues is a good introduction to where religion stands in the world today. Ask any two people and you’ll get wildly different interpretations of spirituality and religion, especially if you ask them where they fit in the modern world (if at all). Despite the idea that we live in a secular world, faith and religious issues continue to shape and transform the world we live in. This 15-hour free introductory course from Open University gives you a solid start to your exploration of religion.

Darwin and Design is a free online college course which tackles the question of Charles Darwin and Darwinist theories of evolution compared to the “argument from design”. This class explores the idea of whether evolutionary processes seem to have a design behind them–and thus an ultimate designer. Creationism, intelligent design, and evolution have been debated under one name or another for the past century and a half, but this course lets you cut through the murky discussions in public forums and get to the core of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Faith and the African American Experience is for people who’ve always had a fascination for the black church experience, but who didn’t know where to start. Learn how an oppressed minority finds strength through faith and builds its own unique religious culture while persevering through inhuman treatment and the all-to-human failings of the society around them.

Latino Theology and Christian Tradition covers the experience from the perspective of the nations and cultures which emerged from the Spanish and Portuguese. The study of Latino Christianity is going to focus in a major way on Catholicism, so it’s no surprise that this free online college course is from the University of Notre Dame.

FAQ

What is the study of different religions?

Religious studies, also known as the study of religion, is an academic field devoted to research into religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion, emphasizing systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives

How do you teach religion?

Here are ten ways teachers can include religion as part of the lesson plan:
  1. Just observe on field trips.
  2. Pick someone neutral and knowledgeable for guest talks on religion.
  3. Be an active moderator of any guest speaker on religion, including parents.
  4. Avoid dress-up exercises in the classroom.

Is world religion a humanities course?

World Religion Course and Class Information. Religious studies courses are available for students enrolled in degree programs in the arts and humanities. Continue reading to learn more about different courses offered in this field of study

What is the best religion?

his is a list of religious populations by number of adherents and countries 2020
Religion Adherents Percentage
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist 1.1 billion 14%
Hinduism 1.1 billion 14%
Buddhism 506 million 6%

Which is the first religion on earth?

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years

What is the most peaceful religion?

Islamist Sayyid Qutb wrote that Islam is the religion of peace in the sense of submitting all of mankind to Allah.

Which religion is fastest growing in the world?

Despite the decline Muslims still have the highest birth rate among the world’s major religious groups. According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the World Christian Database as of 2020 has Islam as the fastest-growing religion in the world.

What was the first religion of the Bible?

The Bible’s Old Testament is very similar to the Hebrew Bible, which has origins in the ancient religion of Judaism. The exact beginnings of the Jewish religion are unknown, but the first known mention of Israel is an Egyptian inscription from the 13th century B.C.