Courses in Religion (Division 457)

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. A textbook and two lectures a week will provide students with the necessary historical 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. (Tentler)

282/ABS 282. Letters of Paul in Translation. (3). (HU).

See Ancient & Biblical Studies 282. (Hoffmann)

283/ABS 283 The Beginnings of Christianity. (4). (HU).

See Ancient & Biblical Studies 283. (Hoffmann)

310. Religion in the Afroamerican Experience. (3). (HU).

A general survey of the religious experience of Afro-Americans, concentrating on developments in the religious life of Black people in America. Various religious impulses within the Black community will be studied, including traditional Christianity, Islam, Judaism, cultic Christianity (as expressed in the various Pentecostal movements) and other movements which have been described as "personality cults" such as those led by Father Divine, Daddy Grace, Prophet Jones, and Rev. Ike. A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given as a background for a proper understanding of the ways in which the introduction of Christianity affected African people, followed by a study of the development of religion among Black people in the ante-bellum America. A study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups early in the twentieth century. The role of mainline churches and their success or failure in translating the needs and aspirations of the Black community to the larger society will be studied in relation to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the development of new social-action oriented religious movements. The course will conclude with an exploration of Black religious moods in contemporary society. (N. Miles)

325/MARC 325. Mysticism and the Early English Mystics. (3). (HU).

This course treats the early English mystics in the English translation of the original Middle English and Latin texts and glances at the antecedents in western Christianity. No prerequisites are necessary, though acquaintance with other Christian writings, especially the Bible, would contribute to full understanding and appreciation of the English mystical tradition. The course is not part of a departmental sequence. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a class presentation, several short essays, one long paper, and a final exam. The course will combine lectures with a great deal of discussion. (M. Dutton)

354/Women's Studies 354. Women and Religion. (3). (HU).

This course considers the issue of women in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The course content will be divided into four subject areas: (1) Background in the Ancient Near East: discussion of the legal position of women in the ancient world; goddess of archetypical female images, the dominant figures of the mother goddess, and the "virgin goddess." (2) Women in the Bible: the role of women in the Biblical world, their legal position and religious roles (if any); images of women: the female figures in the Bible as "models" of women. (3) Judaism: the legal position of women in Rabbinic Judaism, in Modern Orthodox Judaism, and in Modern Conservative and Reform Judaism; images of women in the Rabbinic literature; today's issues. (4) Christianity: positions and attitudes about women in the early church; images of women: the Mariology and the female saints as female models; today's issues in Catholicism and the various Protestant denominations. (Frymer-Kensky)

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

This course will explore the purposes and themes of the prophetic literature of the Bible. Students will study the rise of the prophetic movement, the writings of the individual prophets, and the fall of Israel as seen through the prophetic writings, promises, and proclamations of hope for future generations. Methods of instruction: 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion per week. Student evaluation: midterm, final exam, and one paper. (Freedman)

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

See Psychology 370. (R. Mann)

424/Psych. 403. Personality and Religious Development. (3). (HU).

See Psychology 403. (J. Mann)

481/GNE 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I. (3). (HU).

See English 401. (Gellrich)

485/GNE 485. Islam and the Muslims: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

See GNE 485. (Afary)

495/ABS 495 The Gnostic Religion. NES 200 recommended. (3). (HU).

See ABS 495. (Hoffmann)


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