For the 4 HB Common Readings and their Reading Guides,
Genesis 1-3;  and  
    2.  Phyllis Trible: Genesis 2-3 re-read.]
    3.  The Sermon of the Buddha at Benares;
    4.  Mark's Gospel; 

Use the links at:  Reading Guides  
Each reading guide tells you what sort of report to do on the relevant reading.

READINGS -- associated with specific chapters in the main text:
   In the Presence of Mystery 
[See below for the links]
Where there are two readings listed below for a single chapter, you have the option of reading both of them and counting them for two of the "readings" you must do for the course.

General instructions on how to report on these reading guides.
1.  Summarize the main argument or line of thought in the reading.
     Include specific claims in the reading to illustrate your general statements.
2.  Indicate specifically how the reading may illustrate some aspect 
     of the relevant chapter in the main text book.

With Ch. 1:  on primitive religion and culture
  Dennis Werner, Amazon Journey: on the Mekranoti

With Ch. 2:  religious and non-religious explanations of religion
  Sigmund Freud: skeptical comments from The Future of an Illusion 
or an explanation that is sympathetic to religion
  Mircea Eliade,
on religious experience

With Ch. 3:  examples of the search for the single Ultimate
  The Hindu Tradition: from the Rig Vega and Upanishads 
  and the   Tao Te Ching, two passages  

With Ch. 5:  examples of a variety of Judaeo-Christian ideas:  
  After Death: from Deuteronomy, Daniel, Revelation, and I Corinthians 
  or two moderns in disagreement:  
  C. S. Lewis and Julian Huxley on the purpose of earthly life  

With Ch. 8:  two brief readings:   
   Kohlberg, Summary   and   "On Different Types of Morality"

With Ch.  9:  a reading from Islam on the danger of innovation:

With Ch. 11:  5 'proofs' for God's existence; or a justification for faith  
  Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
    William James, "The Will to Believe

With. Ch. 12:  an example of a person moving from faith to agnosticism.
 Darwin:  excerpt from a letter

With Ch. 13:  a leading 20th century atheist explains his position
   Sartre, "Existentialism is a Humanism."

With Ch. 15:  a pastor and educator describing stages of faith development.
   James Fowler on "Faith development."