HSC Religion and Non-Religion

The following resources below exist solely for the purposes of research via the NSW HSC Course - Studies of Religion I and II (see disclaimer below).

This course is studied in many Christian Schools; hence its extensive coverage on the 'Christian Faith' website.

 

UPDATED: May 2018

INTRODUCTION

'BE THINKING' has a highly recommended and extensive page, called CULTURE + WORLDVIEW. Relating our faith to our culture

'BE THINKING' also has a highly recommended and extensive page called TRUTH + TOLERANCE. Issues of pluralism and postmodernism

 

 

NSW HSC SYLLABUS OVERVIEW

Can be found HERE.

 

 

TEXTBOOK HELP

'Religion and Non-Religion' interactive revision page from LIVING RELIGION text (Pearson).

 

 

SOME USEFUL NOTES

From BANKSTOWN TAFE

emmausSOR2009 Wikispace.

 

VIDEO: A Syllabus Overview by Tristan Forsyth

 

VIDEO: A Syllabus Overview


 

 

1. THE RELIGIOUS DIMENSION IN HUMAN HISTORY

Animism:

'Primitive Religion' by World Religions Index.

'What is Animism?' from Got Questions.

Polytheism:

'Polytheism' by Theopedia.

'What is polytheism?' by Got Questions.

Monotheism:

'Monotheism' by Theopedia.

'Can Monotheism Be Proven?' from Got Questions.

'The Origin of Man's Religions.' Written by Patrick Zukeran (Probe Ministries).

 

Statistical data of the current global distribution of the 5 major religious traditions:

2011 HSC Exam sample answer (pdf - pages 3&4).

Largest Religious Communities

List of religious populations (Wikipedia)

The Global Distribution of the Major Religions.(Normally a PowerPoint but this one is cached for easy viewing).

The Global Religious Landscape. A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010. (pdf). Excellent!

The Jewish Population of the World 2016

World Religions adherent's statistics and religious geography information (HUGE!)

 

 

 

2. NEW RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION

 

EXAMPLES OF NEW RELIGIOUS EXPRESSIONS:

a. New Age Movement is a dedicated page on 'Christian Faith'

b. Scientology is a dedicated page on 'Christian Faith'

 

3. NON-RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS

Atheism:

ATHEISM is a dedicated page on this site. It includes references to 'The New Atheists' (includes such people such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens).

'What is atheism?' from Got Questions.

'Atheism' from Theopedia.

'Atheism, Agnosticism, and Skepticism' by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart (Handbook of Today's Religions).

Agnosticism:

'What is agnosticism?' from Got Questions.

'Agnosticism' from Theopedia.

 

Humanism:

Secular Humanism is a dedicated page on this site.

'What is secular humanism?' from Got Questions.

Article: 'Evangelicals see secularism as greater threat to Christianity than Islam' by Karen Peake (Christianity Today Australia).

 

'Rational Humanism' and 'Scientific Humanism':

VIDEO: Ben Stein vs. Richard Dawkins Interview (6 mins)

 

 4. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS

 We have a dedicated page on WORLDVIEWS HERE.

 

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