CON 502: Comparative Religions

Course Description:

This is a twelve (12) week course taught by Dr. James Bowman based on thirty years research into comparative religions. The study starts with religion/spirituality in the Twenty-First Century and the foundation that religion today is mixed with societal, spiritual and historical contexts. Established religions or faiths have much in common. Examining the commonality of modern religions leads us to the differences. This course is an overview of world religions for at least the last 6,000 years. We will look at is the origin of the three major religions and how they vary. This class is a cornerstone for later spiritual study.

Required Text and Learning Materials:

Readings to be suggested on IMU Sakai Assignment page

Course Objectives:

In this course, participants will learn all of the major elements of modern and ancient religions. Students will be able to:

  • Recognize the Historical Significance of Religion/Spirituality
  • Recognize the Basic Religious similarities
  • Recognize the Basic Religious differences
  • Recognize the need to have Religion

Course Topics:

Course topics include but are not limited to:

  • 21st Century Religions
  • 20th Century Religions
  • 19th Century Religions
  • 18th Century Religions
  • 17th Century Religions
  • 16th Century Religions
  • 15th Century Religions
  • 14th Century Religions
  • Middle/Far Eastern Religions
  • Little Known Religions
  • Shamanic belief system
  • Ancient/Pagan Religions

Course Format:

Audio Lectures, Written Assignments


Students will complete audio lectures before writing required research papers.


  • Reports – written essays
  • Participation – forums and chats
  • Objective Written Research Paper of no less than 500 words


A = 90-100%; B = 89- 80%; C = 79 -70%; D = 69-60%

Course Calendar:

All courses, unless stated otherwise, are completed within a 12-week semester.

James Bowman, Ph.D., MSEd

Jim Bowman is an instructor for the Masters degree program at the International Metaphysical UniversityDr. Bowman (Jim) is a Professional Educator and Musician with degrees in Religious Philosophy and Education. He is founder and president of Motivate2B, a Motivational/Life Coaching Company. Being an ordained minister, he has used his abilities as a Blind Rehab teacher, Psychic Medium, Metaphysical Instructor, Public Speaker, Certified Hypnosis Practitioner and a Dementia/Alzheimer Activity Therapist. In 1983 Dr. Bowman received his Masters from Northwest Missouri State University.

In 1986 James became a Walk-In. This threw his life into overdrive and in 1987 he was introduced to the White Brotherhood. Through the training he received from the Brotherhood, he was ordained into the Melchizedek Priesthood, first as an Elder and the as a High Priest. Jim later received his certification in Hypnosis from Dr. Max Zebelman, DC, PhD. Jim has always showed special interest in ‘Service to Others’. He has cared for thousands of individuals both physically as well as mentally. He has used his intuitive psychic energies to see the needs of his patients/clients and speed them onto recovery. Jim’s clients always have good words to share about his energies. As a spiritual intuitive, Jim is guiding people through the coming Energy Shift to ensure that all desiring souls are able to transcend the Shift into Higher Dimensions.

His interest extends beyond his professional life to “visitors” which has enhanced his desire to know other dimensions. He has been a member the UFO community both in Missouri and Tennessee. As a professor at IMU, Jim hopes to continue using his extensive background to help others move through the veil. He currently lives in St. Louis, MO. Email:

Dr. Bowman shares his life with his wife (Elizabeth) of 39 years along with their daughter and 2 grandchildren. He has an extended family of foreign exchange student. Together Jim and Elizabeth travel along an international/spiritual path.

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