Courses in Religion (Division 457)


121(120)/ACABS 121. Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament. (4). (HU).

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 121. (Boccaccini)

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

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Sharf)

204/APTIS 262. Introduction to Islam. (4). (HU).

See Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 262. (Knysh)

280/ACABS 221. Jesus and the Gospels. (4). (HU).

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 221. (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)

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

See Psychology 313. (Gómez)

393/ACABS 393/APTIS 393. The Religion of Zoroaster. (3). (HU).

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 393. (Windfuhr)

402. Topics in Religion. Religion concentrators with junior or senior standing. (1-3). (Excl).

Section 001 Life, Death, and Spiritual Development. (3 credits). This course explores the stages of spiritual development, beginning with awakening and initiation, through the deepening of direct experience and the formulation of coherent spiritual path, and including the notion of an ultimate attainment. It explores the function of spiritual groups and teachers in facilitating this development. Of particular interest are (1) the spiritual seeker's experience of "little death," the moment of apparent discontinuity when the "old life" is supplanted by a new identity and mode of living, and (2) the experience of "physical death," as seen from the perspective of a lifetime of encountering both relative and absolute reality. Cost:1 WL:1 (Mann)

Section 002 A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance: On Emotion and the Senses in Judaism. (3 credits). For Winter Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 577.001. (Ginsburg)

404/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.
Section 001 Death, Extinction, and the Future of Humanity: Approaching the Millennium.
This course, the central forum of the College Theme Semester of Winter 1996, will consist of three parts, corresponding to the three main phrases of the title. One question will pervade discussion: What understandings, implicit or explicit, do we have at this end of the millennium, of "the Human"? The course will try to focus this huge question first with relation to the matter of death, both as biological fact and as meaning. When do we cease to be fully human? What are the stages of that event (process?)? Who should receive (and on what grounds) maximum economic and technological help in staving off that event? Should we allow the hastening of death through specific intervention with that immediate goal (euthanasia) under any conditions? In any case, what is the place of notions of personal liberty and of dignity in our definition of the fully human? Our discussions will move from investigation of personal death to the pressing (some would say imminent) matter of human extinction. The question is not only as to whether this is avoidable or inevitable, but how such an event should be viewed as "natural" and outside of moral qualification, or evil, since it may well emerge out of a structure of human choice which brings it about, even though it does not aim at the goal it produces. We will move then to the significance of death as a metaphor to the meaning of talk of "death" of cities and cultures, and to recent talk of the death of meaning itself as the mind is besieged and finally overwhelmed by huge tides of unmarked "information." Finally, we will look at what might seem the most important ways of thinking about forms of "human" continuance at ways in which we will conceive ourselves in the millennium to follow, at the challenges, at least as we see them now, we face in occupying the future. The course will involve a series of Monday evening lectures throughout the term; students enrolled officially will also elect a discussion section (an Honors and a graduate section will be available). The Monday evening lectures will be open to the general University community and to the public more widely free of charge. The Monday evening lectures will be given by specialists from the University and abroad, nationally and internationally. (Hans Kung, for example, will be lecturing on "A New Catholic Perspective on Euthanasia"). Course requirements for those electing the course for credit include presence at the Monday evening lectures and at section meetings, attentive reading, a term essay, and a midterm and final examination. Cost:2 WL:1 (Williams)

442/ACABS 414. Myth and Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia. (3). (Excl).

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 414. (Michalowski)

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

See Political Science 447. (Levine)

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

See Anthropology 448. (Caldwell)

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

See Sociology 455. (McGinn)

469/HJCS 478/Judaic Studies 468. Jewish Mysticism. (3). (Excl).

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 478. (Ginsburg)

476/Class. Civ. 476/Hist. 405. Pagans and Christians in the Roman World. (4). (HU).

See Classical Civilization 476. (MacCormack)

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

See English 401. (Williams)

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