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 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, ritual life, 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 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)

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

See Buddhist Studies 230.

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.

350/ABS 350. History of Christian Thought, I: Paul to Augustine. (4). (Excl).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 350. (Fossum)

358/GNE 362/Hist. 306. History and Religion of Ancient Israel. (3). (HU).

See Near Eastern Studies 362. (Schmidt)

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)

404/ABS 496/Anthro. 450. Comparative Religion: Logos and Liturgy. Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated with permission for a total of 6 credits.

Historical analysis yields definitions of "ideology" as a system of values directed toward a given social domain (the more fully articulated, the more complex its use of values), "values" as discriminations of importance as to priority or degree, "policy" as directives for action based preeminently on values. The areas of education and religion, each inherently constituted by values and ideologies, are critically examined both in themselves and with regard to current conflicts between them, and aids to evaluation of current policies and practices are formulated. Case materials for this seminar (descriptions, statements, poetry...) range along a wide spectrum from religious wars to conflicts within and between individuals over religious convictions and educational experiences. Student initiative in the selection of cases, as in the dialogue format of the seminar, is strongly encouraged. Evaluation focuses on quality of essays and participation. Tice brings interdisciplinary expertise from philosophy, psychology, religion, education and planning. (Tice)

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

See Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society. (3). (Excl).

See Sociology 455. (Heirich)

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)

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

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 483. (Boccaccini)


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