An introductory study of religion with emphasis upon the varieties, differences, and similarities of religious experience and expression. The course will examine, through selected examples, the interaction between religious experience and expression and their particular social and cultural contexts.
Introduces books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) using knowledge of literary forms as well as historical and cultural backgrounds to aid in the interpretation of the religious and philosophical meanings of the text.
Introduces New Testament using knowledge of literary forms as well as historical and cultural backgrounds to aid in the interpretation of the religious and philosophical meanings of the text.
Comparative study of major world and selected regional religions with emphasis on analysis of belief, ritual, artistic expression and social organization. Eastern and Western religions are considered. (Same as ANT 130.)
Surveys the historical and theological movements in Christianity from the 1st century to the mid -16th century. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of Christian institutions and religious movements with other prevailing social, cultural, and political institutions within this timeframe.
Examines central theological teachings, modes of ethical reasoning, key ethical virtues and norms of major religious traditions from both Eastern and Western Religions. Considers the lives, sacred stories, dogma and texts of central religious figures as part of the context for moral thinking in a global setting.
Introduces students to issues in philosophy of religion including defining the concept of God, arguments for and against the existence of God, the relation between faith and reason, the nature of religious experience, the problem of evil, and immortality.
Investigates the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth through a critical analysis of the ancient sources and modern scholarly reconstructions.
Presents the person and thought of the Apostle Paul in social, cultural, political, philosophical, and theological context. Investigates Paul’s ethics and his views as preserved in the Christian New Testament.
Examines special topics in Religion. Includes but not limited to individual religious figures, movements, sacred writings, religious traditions and selected eras.