Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Religion becomes more important by the end of the twentieth century, after a period in the 1950s and 1960s when many felt that religion had been outgrown. There were various revivals and interest in other religions at this time. This lesson will discuss these views and changes regarding religion in the 1950s and 1960s.
Class Discussion: What changes took place in the 1950s and 1960s? What led to these changes?
Small Group Activity: Why was Islam excluded from these changes? How does this information prepare the reader for the rest of the book?
Class Discussion: Discuss what this introduction says about Islam and the Western view of this religion. Why might Zen and Buddhism have been popular? For what were people searching? How might these religions have fulfilled these needs?
Individual Activity: For what do people search today? What religious groups are popular in your...
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