Sep 22, 2017
Brilliant course, brilliant lecturers, brilliant topic, extremely well thought-out approach to such a mind-blowing topic. I highly recommend it to anyone with even the vaguest interest in the topic.
Aug 22, 2015
I just started with this course and I am loving it! This not only offers a very fresh perspective on beliefs about souls and an afterlife but is also extremely relatable on a personal level.
par Aarushi S•
Sep 29, 2015
Amazing course touching areas where I also often debated with myself.
par Peter S•
Mar 29, 2016
Covered a broad range of religious beliefs about the afterlife. Solid overview of Darwin and evolution as well as good videos e.g. Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris. The videos of actual classroom delivery with students provided a realism to the online experience. Both profs. were excellent teachers with the necessary skills to handle sensitive topics.
The course could be improved by more clearly written assignments. The content of these assignments was appropriate but the word structure was too vague and in some cases disjointed.
Excellent course. Well done Rutgers.
par Joy S•
Jan 07, 2017
Really liked the funny, old professor who gives most of the lectures. Good info.
par Joyce S•
Aug 28, 2015
I loved the beginning of the course and the information about Darwin. I may agree with Dawson, but I find him too darn smug. I once watched a documentary about intelligent design, Another scientist told him how lucky he was to have such fame, wealth, and good health, He asked him if he died and found a God,what would he think? Dawson's answer was and I'm not exactly quoting but he
par Cheryl W•
Nov 02, 2015
I enjoyed the course. It gave a good historical look at the foundations of religion. I'm looking forward to Unit 2.
par Angel B•
May 28, 2017
He's talky...but it's an entertaining flow :) and you actually learn a lot. You can tell both of them enjoy teaching this MOOC.
par Gregory W C•
Mar 14, 2016
This is a course for those who have not spent any time delving into comparative religion and testing their own traditional (family taught) belief systems with thoughts of act versus "trut."
par Shawn M•
Mar 04, 2016
not bad but not excellent
par Juan O M•
Oct 18, 2015
El recorrido teórico de los autores es muy elemental. Se esperaba mayor profundidad.
par Catherine H•
Mar 05, 2019
The premise of this class is so interesting! However, if you're not willing to scroll through, or listen to, a TON of VERY long anecdotes while looking for actual information....then this is not the class for you. I felt extremely frustrated because I really wanted to learn from this class, but it's just not organized well at all. Some of the lectures contained the EXACT same thing that we just went over in the previous week. Also...I saw there were 3 parts to this class, which is absolutely ridiculous because they could definitely condense them into one class if you took out the hours of filler....
par Colleen L•
Aug 29, 2015
I enrolled in this course hoping to find a balanced perspective about historical foundations for religions and other philosophies. It did include a good amount of interesting material around different systems, but there were a couple of key things that made me lose interest in the course at around week 6 out of 11.
First, I felt that the instructor talks about how he wants people to learn to think for themselves, yet I also felt that he himself preaches. Much of the evidence in his lectures is delivered as an anecdote, which might appeal to some (e.g. I could see that happening to me) and probably made the course more entertaining, but didn't do it for me. I felt that the Wade reading, in contrast, was balanced, cited other sources, and pulled in a variety of perspectives, but when I listened to the lectures, I felt that Professor Ogilvie had a tendency to state points and expect people to believe them.
Second, on a related note -- this course was not shaped for the online medium. I understand that it's cheaper and easier for universities to just use recordings of live lectures, but that meant that the lectures contained quite a bit of anecdotal rambling (e.g. going off on a tangent on how you should never take charge of somebody else's soul). Another, smaller beef I have with the presentation of the course is that when he had students who were raised under different religions come up and speak their beliefs, it took a long time to demonstrate a fairly simple idea -- despite people ascribing to the same "label," the same religion, they can have in fact been taught very different things. In a live university class, having students speak can work because the evidence is being presented by "one of you" ("you" being the students), and has the added benefit of building community in the class. But in an online class, I didn't feel that kinship at all.
I'll make a disclaimer that much of this review is about how I personally felt about the course, and about how it wasn't right for me. Some of what I didn't like, others may like. But overall, despite being initially interested in the topic and why people believe what they do, I didn't feel that the material was delivered in a way that captured my continued interest.
par Pamela C•
Jun 28, 2017
Not really what I excepted but others might be interested, good information.
Jul 14, 2017
Too slow and not what I thought it would be. I had looked at this before and thought that I would give it another chance.
par Ivette E D M•
Nov 14, 2015
It's format needs a good narrator not based on stupid commercials.
par Tom W•
Oct 11, 2015
The false comparison between religion and soul beliefs cloud the validity of the course. Maybe the intent was to only show the worst case "Soul Beliefs" then shoot them down. However, at least to me, the instructor seemed to extrapolate "some beliefs" to "all beliefs".
par Michael W•
Oct 15, 2015
High on opinion and low on scholarship.
par Elaine G•
Sep 08, 2015
well taught but not what I thought it would be.
par Ronald H•
Jan 14, 2016
The course was choppy
par caetana v•
Oct 19, 2015
Extremely boring teacher
par Lorraine D•
Dec 01, 2015
par Cristina M D•
Sep 23, 2017
A complete waste of time especially for those of us with a lot more personal research experience and wise years behind us. If zero had been a choice, that's what I would have given this course. Don't even bother to take the course if you're interested in getting true knowledge especially about the soul.