Where are the Western Religions West of?

Image - Dome of the Rock with ancient pillars

The Dome of the Rock seen from Dominus Flevit Church
By Deror Avi (Own work) [Attribution, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – the typical subjects of “western” world religions courses – originate geographically in south-western Asia, more or less. That’s considerably “east” of, say, Louisville, Kentucky if one were to, for instance, “travel to the Holy Land.” Where are they west of that makes them “western”? That is to say, what’s the position embedded in that “western” designation?

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About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.
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