Courses in Religion (Division 457)

202/Buddhist Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Sharf)

204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

See General Near East 204. (Mir)

280/ABS 280. Jesus and the Gospels. (4). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 280.

310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American 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 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)

335. Christian Existence and Catholicism. Religion 201 or equivalent. (2). (Excl).

Synthesis of the historical and contemporary perspectives of Roman Catholicism with emphasis on the doctrinal, moral, ritual and structural symbols and components of Catholicism. Topics to include Human Existence; God; belief and unbelief; Christ in contemporary and in historical perspectives; the church. (Stevenson)

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

See Psychology 370 (R.Mann)

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

The course will deal with several cycles of myths and sagas, including Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon literature, Roland, the Nibelungenlied, the Lancelot cycle, Tristan and the Isolde cycle in Celtic and Germanic literature, the Tain in Irish literature which includes the Conchobar and CuChulainn tales, the Welsh Mabinogi tales of Pwyll, Branwen, Culhwch and Olwen, Tales of Gwion Bach and Taliesin, the Arthurian Welsh Tales, such as the Lady of the Fountain, Peredur and Gereint, and many sagas of the PROSE EDDA in the world of the Nordic gods. Readings will incorporate 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 Baldur's death, and perhaps also Wagner's RING CYCLE in music and literature. Grades will be based on several short papers, a midterm and a final exam. (Beck)

424/Psych. 403. Personality and Religious Development. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (Excl).

See Psychology 403 (J.Mann)

444/ABS 444. Myth in the Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern World. (3). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 444. (Machinist)

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

See Cultural Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

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

See English 401. (Williams)


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