Courses in Religion (Division 457)

120/ABS 120. Introduction to Tanakh/Old Testament. (4). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 120. (Schmidt)

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

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Foulk)

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)

204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (4). (HU).

See General Near East 204. (Knysh)

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

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 283. (Boccaccini)

310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience. (3). (HU).

This course will provide students with 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. Oke.) A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given in the 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 ante-bellum America. The study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups 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. Cost:1 WL:1 (Miles)

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

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 350. (Fossum)

369/Psych. 313. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (Excl).

See Psych 313. (Gómez)

402. Topics in Religion. Religion concentrators with junior or senior standing. (1-3). (Excl).
Section 001 Religious Experience.
This course will be concerned with the experience of participation in activities and institutions recognized to be in some way religious. Emphasis will generally be placed on the non-verbal or inarticulate aspects of such experience which are, in their extreme form called "mystical," but the conceptions in response to which such experiences occur will also be considered and the epistemological and ontological implications of such experiences will be addressed. After two weeks of introductory lectures the course will consist of weekly guest lecturers discussing particular traditions and weekly discussion sessions. Evaluation will be on the basis of two essays of approximately 2500 words each. (Rappaport)

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.

This course is concerned chiefly with anthropological and other theories of religion. We will start with what may be called "Morgan's Dilemma." In The League of the Iroquois he claims that without an understanding of a tribe's religion, none of it's other institutions would be explicable. In Ancient Society, however, he called all "primitive religions" grotesque and unintelligible. So anthropology is left to use the "unintelligible" to account for the "inexplicable"! this ambivalence toward religion has haunted social science attempts to comprehend religious phenomena ever since. We will cover classics, anthropological and otherwise, influential in secular studies of religion, including those of Tylor, Fraser, Fustel, Codrington, Durkheim and his students, Boas, Geertz, Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, and others. Recent cross fertilization between the history of religions and anthropology will be taken up as will psychological and psychiatric approaches. We will also consider contemporary reinterpretations of ritual, cosmology, "magic," "science," and religion. (McKinley)

442/ABS 442/Anthro. 443. Myth and Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia. (3). (Excl).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 442. (Michalowski)

469/GNE 468/Jud. Stud. 468. Jewish Mysticism. (3). (Excl).

See General Near East 468. (Elior)

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 General Near East 478. (Elior)

481/GNE 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I. (4). (HU).

See English 401. (Williams)

485/GNE 485. Muslim Sages. (3). (Excl).

See General Near East 485. (Knysh)


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