Courses in RELIGION (DIVISION 457)

121/ABS 121. Introduction to the New Testament. (3). (Excl).

See ABS 121. (Fossum)

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 Israelite Religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course will first survey the political, social, economic and religious aspects of the Near East focusing on the cultural background of the Bible. The second part of the course will deal with the origins and development of these religious traditions, including the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism, the career 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: it is not necessary for students to have any previous experience in the study of religion. The course consists of three weekly lectures and a discussion group. Writing for the course consists of three weekly lectures and a discussion group. Writing for the course will include some pattern of the following: unit exams, a short essay, and a final examination. 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:3 WL:4 (Ginsburg and Williams)

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 to modern times. Two lectures a week will define the problems to be studied and provide a 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 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. (Tentler)

230(320)/Asian Studies 230/Buddhist Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 230.

245/GNE 245. Great Books of the Near East I. (4). (Excl).

See GNE 245.

286/History 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century. (3). (HU).

See History 286. (J.Fine)

312. Church and American Society. (3). (HU).

One of the most important features of American society is the impact which religion has had upon the society. The emergence of a powerful religiously based right makes the question of what happens when religion and society clash more important. This course is a survey of the ways in which religion and society are influenced by each other in America. The course is divided into three sections. Section one explores the religious underpinnings of American society. Section two explores the changing nature of American society as a result of urbanization, secularization, and changing ethics. Section three looks at how religious groups have tried to come to grips with the contemporary American society. It will cover a number of different responses, from the positive thinking of Norman Vincent Peale to the evangelical revivals of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham, to the social and political activism of Martin Luther King and Jerry Falwell. The role of newer personality cults will also be explored. The course will be conducted in a lecture format with large blocks for discussion. Films and research projects will round out the offering. Class meets once per week. Cost:2 WL:1 (Miles)

316/Buddhist Studies 316/Asian Studies 316. Japanese Religion. (3). (Excl).

See Buddhist Studies 316.

358/GNE 362/Hist. 306. History of Ancient Israel I: From Abraham to the Babylonian Exile. (3). (HU).

See General Near East 362. (Tadmor)

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

See Philosophy 365. (Mavrodes)

375/MARC 375/German 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).

The course will deal with several cycles of myths and sagas, including Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon literature; Roland & the Nibelungenlied in the Germanic literature; Tristan and Isolde, the Mabinogi tale of Pwyll, Branwen, Culwch & Olwen, Gwion Bach & Taliesin, and the Arthurian tales in the Welsh cycles; the Tain in the Irish cycle; and the sagas of the Prose Edda in the world of the Nordic gods. Readings will incorporate other literature based on these myths, such as Gray's ode "The Fatal Sisters," which deals with the Valkyries as messengers of Odin, Longfellow's poem "Tegner's Drapa" which bemoans Balder's death, and perhaps also the Erlkönig or Wagner's Ring Cycle in music and literature. Grades will be based on several exams and a paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Beck)

478/GNE 478/Judaic Studies 478. Topics in Modern Judaism: Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

See GNE 478. (Ginsburg)

480/Asian Studies 480/Buddhist Studies 480/Philosophy 457. Problems in Buddhism. Rel. 230 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

See Buddhist Studies 480. (Gomez)

488/ABS 483/Class. Civ. 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (Excl).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 483. (Boccanccini)


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