Zoroastrianism for Dialogue and Deepening course
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Posted by Jonah on January 14, 2000 at 15:32:44:
Study of the Bahá'í Faith
World Religions: An Integrative
Zoroastrianism for Deepening and
TOPIC: The course will cover Zoroaster and
the religious tradition that sprang from His teachings; explore Zoroastrian
ideas, values, and practices; consider Zoroastrianism’s influence on
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and examine its points of similarity to the
Bahá'í Faith. By studying Zoroastrianism Bahá'ís
should obtain a greater appreciation of the Bahá'í Faith and
acquire experience in relating the Faith to Zoroastrians in an informed and
DATES: March 1, 2000, to April 30,
TEXTS: All are available from the
Chapter on Zoroastrianism in Mary Pat
Fisher, Living Religions, 3rd ed. ($35)
Chapter on Zoroastrian scriptures in
James Fieser and John Powers, Scriptures of the World's Religions
Materials on Zoroastrianism compiled by
the Wilmette Institute
Dr. Susan Maneck
TUITION: $100 (Textbooks and $5 shipping
for textbooks NOT included)
Dr. Robert Stockman
Dr. Fereydun Vahman
A twenty percent tuition discount
is available when registering as part of a local group of three or more (who
pledge to meet together semimonthly to study the texts). Larger discounts are
available for even larger groups who plan to study the course
There are no residential
requirements as the course is conducted by correspondence and over the
internet. The course is not part of the Spiritual Foundations program, which
has a residential component.
College credit and scholarships may be
available. Contact the registrar, email@example.com.
WORK EXPECTATIONS: The course takes five
to ten hours of work each week and will involve:
A. Reading and using the knowledge
acquired. The course has three units involving reading about Zoroastrianism,
its texts, and its relationship to the Bahá'í Faith, respectively,
for each which study questions are provided. Students wishing to take the
course at the "introductory" level complete a learning self-assessment; those
wishing to be challenged further can take the course at the "intermediate level"
by completing a "religion study outline" about Zoroastrianism. All students
must also complete one other learning project of their choice, such as giving a
fireside, creating curricular materials for a local study class, completing an
artistic project, or writing an essay.
B. Assistance by a mentor/advisor who
reviews and comments on all homework and answers questions.
C. For those who are part of local study
groups, discussion assignments are provided.
D. Participation in "ZOROASTRIANISM," the
course's e-mail discussion group. Because of the speed and efficiency that
e-mail provides, all students are urged to acquire e-mail for the course.
For assistance with this, contact
E. Access to the course's
password-protected web site, which includes additional study material and
completed sample homework assignments.
F. Voluntary participation in conference
calls with up to five other students and a faculty member.
GRADING OPTIONS: The course is usually
taken pass/fail with review and comments about assignments by the instructor.
It may be taken for a grade (A, B, C, D, F). Those wishing to take it at the
"advanced" (graduate-school) level should contact the Institute ahead of
Wilmette Institute, 536 Sheridan
Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091-2849; 847-733-3415 (tel); 847-733-3563 (FAX);
847-733-3595 (automated 24-hour information line); firstname.lastname@example.org
(e-mail); http://wilmetteinstitute.org (web site)
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