Courses in RELIGION (DIVISION 457)

122(121)/ACABS 122. Introduction to the New Testament. (4). (HU).

See ACABS 122. (Fossum)

201/ACABS 200/APTIS 200/HJCS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. (4). (HU).
Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
This course serves two main functions: the first of these is to provide an introductory sense of what is involved in the academic study of religion; the second, which will occupy almost the whole term, is to introduce the major religious traditions of the Near East, with emphasis on the development and major structures of Israelite Religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will keep two foci in view: one will have to do with the historical development of these religious traditions, their sacred texts and major personalities; the second will involve a comparative view of these traditions by analyzing their sense of the sacred in space, time, and text, their views on holy people. 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 typically involves an essay, a midterm, and a final exam. Section 002 is an Honors section open to any student prepared to do more in return for more opportunity to "discuss" in a seminar-sized section, and more attention to a student's writing. For further information, please contact the Program on Studies in Religion, 445 West Hall. Cost:3 WL:4 (Williams, Knysh, Schmidt, Schramm)

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

A survey of the doctrine, institutions, and culture of the Christian Churches of the West from Apostolic times to the 20th century. Secondary reading and lectures will provide students with the framework necessary to interpret various examples of the most important Christian literature from the New Testament to contemporary authors. Students will learn a very basic narrative of this long expanse of history, but they will pay closer attention to a few select topics or periods in Christian history: the New Testament; the age of the Latin Fathers; the religious life; the High Middle Ages; the Renaissance and Reformation; the Enlightenment; "higher" Biblical criticism; the churches and Nazi Germany; and modern social thought. Two sections a week are designed to encourage discussion of this literature by such authors as St. Augustine, St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas, Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Bonhoeffer, and J.A.T. Robinson. Students will be graded on class participation; three short essays on the assigned reading; an hour exam; and a final. This is an introductory course with no prerequisites; and although previous religious education might obviously prove helpful, the staff will try not to assume that students have any background in the history or doctrine of the Christian Church. Since our orientation is academic, students need not "believe in" anything to take this course. (Tentler)

225/S&SEA 225. Hinduism. (3). (HU).

See South and Southeast Asia 225. (Deshpande)

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

See Buddhist Studies 230. (Gomez)

296/HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).

See HJCS 296. (Ginsburg)

303/S&SEA 303. Sikhism. (3). (HU).

See South and Southeast Asia 303.

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)


359/ACABS 322/Hist. 307. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism. May be elected independently of Religion 358. (3). (HU).

See ACABS 322. (Boccaccini)

365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion. (4). (HU).

See Philosophy 365. (Curley)

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; 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)

403/Phil. 403/Amer. Cult. 403. American Philosophy. One Philosophy Introduction. (3). (Excl).

See Philosophy 403. (Meiland)

447/Poli. Sci. 447. Comparative Studies in Religion and Politics. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 447. (Levine)

478/HJCS 477/Judaic Studies 478. Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

See HJCS 477. (Ginsburg)


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