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This is the LibGuide for writing-intensive Comparative Religion. It will have some information that pertains to only WI students, but there is other information that should be helpful to anyone taking this course.
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What is WI?

Writing Intensive courses are General Education courses that incorporate a writing component. That is, they use both formal and informal writing as one method of teaching and assessment. The goal of Writing Intensive courses is 2-fold. First, the hope is that they will help PCCC students improve their writing skills. Second, they are intended to help students learn their course material by introducing writing, critical thinking and information literacy to the subject at hand.

For more information about the Writing Initiative or WI courses, go to


About the Writing Center

The primary function of the Writing Center is to support the Writing Intensive (WI) courses and the students enrolled in those courses who are encouraged to come for help with their writing. 

Both current and former WI students are welcome to use the Writing Center for any writing assignment, for any class.

The Center consultants also work with students preparing to take the CWE in both one-on-one and group sessions.

To learn more about the Writing Center and to make appointments, go to the Writing Center LibGuide at



Welcome to Comparative Religion! In this class we will look at a variety of religions around the world, all of which are practiced currently. Each religion will be addressed objectively, as a philosophy of god(s) and cultural belief system rather than trying to find the "correct" religion. While in this class, we will treat all religious beliefs as equally valid and interesting, regardless of our own personal belief systems.

 Catalogue Description

This course surveys our attempt to understand ourselves, nature as a whole, and our social role in the cosmos. All major religions, both Eastern and Western, are examined: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Topics are discussed as they relate to the religious world view, including the ethical dimension of religion, the philosophical attempt to prove God’s existence by reason alone, and three contemporary challenges to the Religious Weltanschauung from Freud, Marx, and Einstein.


What's BCE?

Our historic calendar is centered around the year that Jesus Christ was supposed to have been born. That year was decided to be 1 AD. Time before that year has been called "BC" or "Before Christ." BC years go backwards, counting the number of years before Christ was born. So 1 BC is one year before the historically decided birth of Christ. AD stands for Anno Domini, which means "in the year of our Lord."

This Christian-centered method has been reconsidered in modern times. We now use "BCE" for BC and "CE" for AD. BCE stands for "Before the Common Era," and "CE" is "in the Common Era." It does not change any dates, but it does acknowledge that while Christianity is a major world religion, especially in the West, it is not the only religion.

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