(3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the dominant philosophical and religious worldviews of men and women in the 21st century. It does not presume such worldviews are in all cases explicitly espoused, though they often are. It does presume that the cognitions and behaviors of clients are shaped by conceptions of reality: about the nature of what is real, about the self and the human person, about human values, about life, death and afterlife. The course will consider in the case of each worldview its cosmology and metaphysics (e.g., whether the material universe is created, eternal, illusory); its anthropology, particularly its articulation and assessment of the program of evil ( e.g., of human limitation, disorder, suffering and death); its ethic (specifically its answer to (solution to) the problem of evil); its epistemology (e.g., whether it is realist, idealist, esotericist, its theory of knowing); and its eschatology (i.e., its view on the “four last things”-death, judgment, heaven and hell). Other diversity considerations will include gender diversity, sexual diversity, and racial diversity.