Courses in Religion (Division 457)

201/GNE 201. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. (4). (HU).

An introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, with emphasis on the development of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. This course will first survey the political, social, economic and religious aspects of the Near East focusing on the historical background of the Bible. The second part of the course will deal with the origins and development of the four religious traditions including the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism, the ministry of Jesus and the development of the Church, and the rise of Islamic religion and civilization. Emphasis will be on the origins, major personalities, and sacred texts, as well as on the development of major theological issues in these traditions up to the modern period. This is an introductory course for students who have had no previous course in religion. It consists of three weekly lectures and a discussion group. There is a short quiz on the lectures and the readings approximately every three weeks and a comprehensive final exam, the questions of which will be announced during the first week of class. Section 002 is an Honors section open to any student prepared to do more work in return for a lot more personal attention. This course is offered every Fall Term. For further information please contact The Program on Studies in Religion, 445 West Engineering. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Freedman)

203. Introduction to the Christian Tradition. (4). (HU).

A survey of the institutions, doctrine, political involvement, and culture of the Christian Churches of the West from Apostolic times to the 20th century. Two lectures a week will define the problems to be studied and provide continuity. Two sections a week will be devoted to discussion of selected documents (such as creeds and confessions, papal encyclicals, monastic rules, and religious tracts) and some "literary classics" of the tradition (by such authors as St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is an introductory course with no prerequisites; and although previous religious education might obviously prove helpful, the staff will not assume that students have any background in the history or doctrine of the Christian Church. Two short essays on the assigned reading, a midterm and a final. [Cost:4] [WL:4] (Tentler)

230(320)/Asian Studies 230/Buddhist Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism. Religion 202 or equivalent. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 230.

361. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Prophets. (4). (Excl).

An examination of the social, historical, and religious issues that arise when interpreting the prehistoric literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The course, which is based on readings in English translation of the Hebrew text, begins with an examination of prophecy in the Ancient Near East. The course explores the rise of prophecy in Israel and considers the prophetic response to the crisis posed by the imperial expansionist policies of the Assyrians and Babylonians, focusing, in particular, on the effects of the exile of the Israelites into Babylon and this great tragedy on the prophetic tradition. The course concludes with the transformation of the prophecy during the period of the Second Temple. Classes will meet twice weekly for lectures and once a week for discussion. A knowledge of historical method or Biblical history and/or Religion 201 are encouraged. Course grading is based on papers and exams. This course is part of a sequence of three courses on the Hebrew Bible, but the others are not requisite to this course. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Herion)

365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion. (3). (HU).

See Philosophy 365.

369/Psych. 370. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (Excl).

See Psychology 370. (Wright)

452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)


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