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. (Young)

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

See APTIS 262. (Knysh)

286/Hist. 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century. (3). (HU).

See History 286. (J. Fine)

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)

345. Hellenism, Judaism and Early Christianity. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Dead Sea Scrolls and Their World.
For Winter Term, 1997, this section meets with ACABS 291.001. (Boccaccini)

350/ACABS 323. History of Christian Thought: Paul to Augustine. (4). (Excl).

See ACABS 323. (Fossum)

380. Selected Topics. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Only one course from Religion 380, 387, and 487 may be elected in the same term.
Section 001 Religion and Society: Goddesses, Women, and Feminine Power in South Asia.
For Winter Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 310. (Caldwell)

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

See ACABS 393. (Windfuhr)

402. Topics in Religion. Religion concentrators with junior or senior standing. (1). (Excl).
Section 001 Myth, Culture, and Difference.
To be offered one time only, this one-credit minicourse pivots on the visit to Michigan of Professor Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She will give here a series of lectures on myth and its social contexts; these, the American Academy of Religion Lectures for 1997, will be the focus of the course. The main issues addressed will include the challenges associated with cross-cultural interpretation; myth and women's voices; myths as textual lenses; and the politics of difference. This is in the American Lectureship in the History of Religions series. Professor Ralph Williams will offer four lectures on these matters as a preparation for her visit; all will attend Professor Doniger's lectures (Feb. 5, 4-5:30 and 8-9:30; Feb. 6 and 7, 8-9:30 p.m.). Thereafter students will discuss their implications, and each student will prepare an essay on some phase of the subject. Requirements: consistent attendance; substantial reading; as essay of about ten pages; an hour exam. (Doniger and Williams)

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

See Philosophy 403. (Meiland)

448/Psych. 418. Psychology and Spiritual Development. (3). (Excl).

See Psychology 418. (Mann)

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

See Sociology 455. (McGinn)

468/Class. Civ 466. Greek Religion. (3). (Excl).

See Classical Civilization 466. (Rappe)

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

See HJCS 478. (Ginsburg)

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

See English 401. (Williams)

483/Buddhist Studies 481. Ch'an and Zen Buddhism. (3). (Excl).

See Buddhist Studies 481. (Sharf)


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