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What could the beliefs and tradi- tions of a Zoroastrian, a person of Jewish faith, a Buddhist, a follower of Confucius, or a Christian have in common? How do religions evolve over time? This course offers you a rare opportu- nity to relate your own spiritual ques- tions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. Professor Mark W. Muesse shows you the his- torical conditions in which the world religions arose, while letting you see how they answered shared metaphysical and human dilemmas. He helps you think about specific traditions while ponder- ing the common processes of religious development. You will explore fascinating aspects of several major world religions at the time of their birth. Although Professor Muesse emphasizes the early religious traditions of Iran, South Asia, and China, he also shows how these compare, contrast, and contribute to contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Professor Muesse offers striking insights as he draws you closer to the period between 800 to 200 B.C.E., an era with notable parallels to our own. Using a term first coined by the German philosopher Karl Jaspers and recent- ly popularized by the religious scholar Karen Armstrong, Professor Muesse calls this period the Axial Age because of its pivotal nature. Through sacred texts, modern scholar- ship, and thoughts arising from his own personal experiences, Professor Muesse reveals what it meant to be a conscious, morally responsible individual in the Axial Age. About Your Professors Professor Mark W. Muesse is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature from Baylor University and earned a Masters of Theological Studies, a Masters of Arts, and a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Prior to taking his position at Rhodes, Professor Muesse held positions at Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Southern Maine, where he served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Muesse has written many articles, papers, and reviews in world religions, spirituality, theology, and gen- der studies and has coedited a collec- tion of essays entitled Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities. He is cur- rently compiling an anthology of prayers from around the world. About The Teaching Company We review hundreds of top-rated pro- fessors from America’s best colleges and universities each year. From this extraor- dinary group we choose only those rated highest by panels of our customers. Fewer than 10% of these world-class scholar-teachers are selected to make The Great Courses. 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