Religions of the World and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Lesson Schedule and Readings

1. Sitting as a Latter-day Saint at the Inter-faith Table

Readings

James D. Holt Towards a Latter-day Saint Theology of Religions email James if you’re interested

George A. Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age

James Holt On Holy Ground

This session was recorded as part of the Altrincham Interfaith Group’s lectures

2. What is Religion?

Readings

Brent Nongbri, (2013). Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept. Yale University Press.

Peter Harrison, (1990). ‘Religion’ and the Religions in the English Enlightenment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, What Is Truth?

3. Religious Freedom: Beyond Tolerance

Readings: 

Religious Freedom Manual from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Religion: Bound by Loving Ties” (Brigham Young University devotional, Aug. 16, 2016)

Quentin L. Cook, “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, Sept. 2012, 31–39.

Robert D. Hales, “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 111–13.

“The faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom” (Robert D. Hales, “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” 112).

Russell M. Nelson, “Teach Us Tolerance and Love,” Ensign,May 1994, 69–71.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Balancing Truth and Tolerance,” Ensign,Feb. 2013, 24–31.

John Locke, “A Letter about Toleration” 

Readings that may be of interest

Eric Patterson (2021) Religious Freedom and Democracy a Decade after the Arab Spring

Darren McGarvey (2018). Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass

James Holt (2019) Beyond the Big Six Religions: Expanding the Boundaries in the Teaching of Religion and Worldviews email James for a scan of the chapters mentioned

Freedom Declared Foundation

Barack Obama (2006) On Faith and Politics

Lessons 4 and 5 Judaism and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Readings: 

Mark Diamond and Andrew Reed (eds.) Understanding Covenants and Communities: Jews and Latter-Day Saints in Dialogue

Ellis T. Rasmussen, “Judaism,” Ensign, Mar. 1971, 40–49.

E. LV Richardson, “What Is a Jew?” Ensign, May 1972, 12–17.

Spencer J. Palmer and others, Religions of the World [1997], Brigham Young University, 136–86.

James D. Holt (2015) Religious Education in the Secondary School: An introduction to teaching, learning and the World Religions Chapter 13 (email James for a scan of the chapter)

Readings that may be of interest:

Frankl, Victor (2004 [1946]) Man’s Search for Meaning. The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust London, UK: Rider.

Wiesel, Elie (1968) Legends of Our Time. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc.

Gryn, Hugo (2010) Three Minutes of Hope: Hugo Gryn on The God Slot

Greene, Matt (2020) Jew(ish): A primer, A memoir, A manual

Cohn-Sherbok, D (1999) Judaism, London, UK: Routledge 

Cohn-Sherbok, L and Cohn-Sherbok D    Judaism, A Short Introduction, London, UK: One World 

Isaacson, S (1999)  Principles of Jewish Spirituality,  London, UK: Thorsons

de Lange, N (2000) An Introduction to Judaism, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 

Solomon, N (1996)  Judaism: a very short introduction Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press 

Wiesel, Elie The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day

Strictly Kosher- a documentary about Jewish life in Manchester

Lesson 6: Sanatana Dharma/Hinduism and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Readings

James D. Holt (2015) Religious Education in the Secondary School: An introduction to teaching, learning and the World Religions Chapter 11 (email James for a scan of the chapter)

Burt Horsley, “Hinduism,” Ensign, Feb. 1971, 66–75.

Spencer J. Palmer and others, Religions of the World [1997], Brigham Young University, 15–16.

Patel, Pran The Colonisation of Religion

Readings that may be of interest

Gandhi An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

Bhagavad-Gita

Das, Rasamandala (2002) The Heart of Hinduism. A Comprehensive Guide for Teachers and ProfessionalsAldenham, UK: ISKCON Educational Services

Jackson, Robert and Killingley, Dermot (1988) Approaches to Hinduism London, UK: Murray

Nehru, Jawaharlal (2002 [1945]) The Discovery of India New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press

Tully, Mark (1992) No Full Stops in India New Delhi, India: Penguin

Bowen, P (1996)    Themes and Issues in Hinduism, London, UK: Cassell 

Demariaux, J-C (1995) How to Understand Hinduism, London, UK: SCM 

Flood, G (1996) An Introduction to Hinduism, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Kanitkar, VP and Cole, WO (1995)   Teach Yourself Hinduism, London, UK: Hodder 

Knott, K  (1999)   Hinduism: a very short introduction,  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Shattuck, C (1999) Hinduism, London, UK: Routledge 

Lesson 7: Buddhism and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Readings

James D. Holt (2015) Religious Education in the Secondary School: An introduction to teaching, learning and the World Religions Chapter 9 (email James for a scan of the chapter)

Spencer J. Palmer, “Buddhism,” Ensign, June 1972, 66–74.

Spencer J. Palmer and others, Religions of the World [1997], 49–72.

Readings that may be of interest

Mahathera, Narada (1995 [1982]) Buddhism in a Nutshell Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Dharma Education available at http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/nutshell.pdf 

Littlefair, Sam What is Suffering?

Armstrong, Karen The Buddha

Bechert, H and Gombrich, R (1991)   The World of Buddhism, London, UK: Thames and Hudson

Chryssides, G (1988) Introduction to Buddhism, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 

Cush, D (1990)  Buddhism in Britain Today London, UK: Hodder

Hawkins, BK (1999) Buddhism, London, UK: Routledge 

Keown, D (1996)  Buddhism: a very short introduction Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Kulananda (2001) Buddhism, London, UK: Thorsons

Schmidt-Leukel, P (2006) Understanding Buddhism, Edinburgh, UK: Dunedin

Lessons 8 and 9: Islam and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Readings

Hugh Nibley, “Islam and Mormonism—a Comparison,” Ensign, Mar. 1972, 55–64.

James A. Toronto, “A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muhammad,” Ensign, Aug. 2000, 50–58.

Spencer J. Palmer and others, Religions of the World [1997], Brigham Young University, 213–42.

Palmer, Spencer J. (ed.), Mormons and Muslims: Spiritual Foundations and Modern Manifestations, Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

Mayfield, James B. (June 1979). “Ishmael, Our Brother”Ensign9 (6): 24–32

BYU Studies 40:4 LDS Scholars Engage Islamic Thought

James D. Holt (2015) Religious Education in the Secondary School: An introduction to teaching, learning and the World Religions Chapter 12 (email James for a scan of the chapter)

James Holt (2019) Beyond the Big Six Religions: Expanding the Boundaries in the Teaching of Religion and Worldviews email James for a scan of the chapters mentioned

James Holt (2020) The boundaries of Islam

James Holt (2020) On Holy Ground: Islam