Undergraduate Courses

For a full listing of our courses, see the online bulletin class list here.

Fall 2015

CAS RN100
Introduction to Religion

Yair Lior
TR 3:30PM-5:00PM
Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time.  But what is it?  How does it work in our world? This course explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical dimensions.

CAS RN101
The Bible

Michael Zank
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Introductory study of Jewish and Christian scriptures; connections between biblical and related ancient cultures; biblical genres (epic narrative, law, prophecy, poetry, historiography, gospels, letters, apocalypse) and their literary character, major classical and modern strategies of reading.

CAS RN103
Religions of the World: Eastern

David Eckel
MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Focus on the world view of each tradition and the historical development of that world view.

CAS RN104
Religions of the World: Western

Jonathan Klawans
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in historical and cultural context, origins to the present. Examines diversity of practices, belief systems, and social structures within these religions. Also addresses debates within and between communities as well as contemporary concerns.

CAS RN106
Death & Immortality

Laura Harrington
MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Examines death as religious traditions have attempted to accept, defeat, deny, or transcend it. Do we have souls? Do they reincarnate? Other topics include cremation, ancestor worship, apocalypse, alchemy, AIDS, near-death experiences, otherworld cosmologies.

NEW COURSE
CAS RN116*
Morality and Ethics: Jewish Perspectives

Deeana Klepper/Michael Zank
W 6:00PM-8:00PM
This 2-credit introduction to Jewish moral reasoning will explore conversations about contemporary morality in light of Jewish ethical values from the Bible to modernity, focusing on an American context. We will consider the relationship between Jewish law (Halakhah) and ethics and between ethics and moral choice; tensions between universalism and particularism in Jewish moral teachings; and tensions between “traditional,” modern, and post-modern values. Specific topics will include sexuality, justice, environment, medicine, economics, and Israel. Internships, community engagement possible. It is neither required nor expected that students will have prior academic or personal experience with Judaism; anyone interested in exploring the relationship between an established religious tradition and how adherents utilize the tradition to make moral and ethical choices is welcome.
* This is a 2-credit course.

CAS RN200
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion

David Frankfurter
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
Origins and history of the academic study of religion. Different constructions of religion as an object of study and the methods that arise from them. The role of the humanities and social sciences in understanding religion’s place in history and contemporary experience.
Prereq: CAS Religion major, or consent of instructor.

CAS RN200
Religion and Film

Hillel Levine
T 3:30PM-6:30PM
How do visual media influence spiritual sentiments, social prejudices, erotic boundaries, faith, and secularism? How does religion regulate the impact of film? This course considers religion on the Hollywood big screen and in video games, animation, and student cinema.

CAS RN204/AH204
Visual Piety

Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
Frank Korom
MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM
An exploration of the important role that vision plays in religious practices around the world. Theoretical readings and case studies from various cultures will serve as the primary material for the course.

NEW COURSE
CAS RN207/EN125 B1
Modern Jewish Writers

Topics in Religion and Literature
Alexandra Herzog
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
This course examines modern Jewish fiction with an emphasis on the historical and cultural trends that contributed to its formation. Through a variety of short stories, graphic novels, films and novels, we will explore the richness of Jewish literary life.

CAS RN224
Women and Religion

Jennifer Knust
TR 9:30AM-11:00AM
Explores the roles, images, and experiences of women across a range of religious traditions. Topics key to the study of religion and gender are considered, including religious experience, the gendering of the body, and sources of religious authority.

CAS RN242/HI203
Magic, Science, and Religion

Deeana Klepper
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Boundaries and relationships between magic, science, and religion from late antiquity through the European Enlightenment. Topics include transformation of pagan traditions, distinctions between learned and popular traditions, Scientific Revolution, and changing assumptions about God and Nature.

CAS RN245/PH245
Religious Thought: The Quest for God and the Good

Diana Lobel
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Investigates the meaning and purpose of human life, the significance of God or an Absolute, the role of contemplation and action in the spiritual quest, relationships between philosophy and religious thought, East and West.

NEW COURSE
CAS RN304/CFA MH441
Jewish Music

Matti Kovler
TR 3:30PM-5:00PM
Jewish music as an expression of Jewish heritage, from ancient Israel to modern America. Topics include sacred music, folk songs, musical influence of host countries, nineteenth-century themes and composers in Diaspora.

CAS RN307/GRS RN607/STH TX817
Medieval Christianity

Deeana Klepper
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Explores Christian beliefs and practices in medieval Europe within and outside formal church structures. Topics include accommodation of pagan culture, constructing identity, clerical and lay piety, heterodox practice and institutional response, and encounter with non-Christian traditions.

CAS RN309
Theology and Piety in Catholic Christianity

Dennis Costa
TR 9:30AM-11:00AM
Roman Catholic Theology, tradition and piety, with additional reference to the Orthodox Churches and to the Anglican Communion. Dogmas, a sacramental view of reality, a vision of human nature, forms of devout life. Catholic inspiration in art and music.

CAS RN312/GRS RN612/STH TX802
Buddhism in America

Laura Harrington
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
The transplantation and transformation of Buddhism in the United States. Time period ranges from the eighteenth century to the present, but the emphasis is on contemporary developments, including the new Asian immigration, Jewish Buddhism, feminization, and engaged Buddhism.

CAS RN316/GRS RN616/STH TX856
Modern Islam

Teena Purohit
TR  11:00AM-12:30PM
Focuses on formations of Islam in colonial and postcolonial periods. How modernist and Islamist thinkers have negotiated the encounter between tradition and modernity.
Prereq: one course in RN or PH, or CC101/102, or consent of instructor.

CAS RN317/CL216
Greek and Roman Religion

Zsuzsanna Varhelyi
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
Survey of ancient Greek and Roman religions and their development from earliest beginnings to the eclipse of paganism. Theories and practices of these religions, comparisons with other religions, and relationships to Judaism and Christianity.
Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS CL 317.

CAS RN322/GRS RN622/STH TX822
History of Judaism

Hillel Levine
M 6:00PM-9:00PM
Major trends in post-biblical Judaism; academy and synagogue; Mishna and Talmud; Babylonian diaspora; medieval poetry, philosophy, and mysticism; codes of law; organization of the Jewish community “in exile”, the land of Israel; Jewish, Islamic, and Christian civilizations.

CAS RN325/GRS RN625/STH TX818
Jewish Mysticism I: Formative Traditions

Stephen Katz
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
Analysis of the development of Jewish mysticism from the biblical to the early medieval era. Emphasis on the forms of mysticism–and the texts in which they are embedded–from the rabbinic era. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.

CAS RN334/GRS RN634/STH TX834
Dead Sea Scrolls

Jonathan Klawans
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Examination of the ancient Hebrew documents discovered in the Judean desert. Their authorship; the theological significance of the Scrolls; their relations to Ancient Judaism and early Christianity; the controversy over their release and publication.

CAS RN338/PH408/GRS RN638/STH TT811
Mysticism and Philosophy:
Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

Diana Lobel
MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM
Thematic introduction to mysticism and philosophy, with a focus on dynamics of religious experience. Readings from medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy; Sufi mysticism and philosophy; Kabbalah, Biblical interpretation, Sufi poetry, Hebrew poetry from the Golden Age of Muslim Spain.

CAS RN340/GRS RN640/STH TX853
The Quran

Kecia Ali
MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
The emergence of the Quran as a major religious text, its structure and literary features, and its principal themes and places within the religious and intellectual life of the Muslim community.

CAS RN344/GRS RN644/STH TX814
Islam and the West

Kecia Ali
MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Considers centuries of cooperation and conflict between Islam and the West, including the “Golden Age” of Islamic Spain, the Crusades, medieval European views of Islam, enslaved Muslims in the New World, colonialism and its legacies, and Western Muslim communities today.

CAS RN375/AN375/GRS RN675/AN775/
STH TX875
Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia

Frank Korom
MWF 1:00-2:00PM
Ethnographic and historical introduction to the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the impact of religion on cultural practices and social institutions.

CAS RN384/GRS RN684/STH TX884
The Holocaust

Steven Katz
TR 3:30PM-5:00PM
Background of German (and European) anti-Semitism. Rise of Nazism and early oppression, initial Jewish reaction, mechanics of destruction, ghettos, camps, world response and nonresponse, literature of the Holocaust, and religious implications.

CAS RN390/AR342/GRS RN690/AR742/
STH TX815
Archaeology in the Holy Land

Andrea Berlin
TR 9:30AM-11:00AM
In Israel, archaeology is part of current events. The study of remains from the Israelite to the Muslim conquests (c. 1200 BCE — 640 CE) to learn how material evidence created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama.
Prereq: sophomore, junior, or senior standing.

CAS RN397/PH456/GRS RN697/PH656/
STH TT821
Faith and Doubt

Topics in Philosophy and Religion
David Eckel
W 5:00PM-8:00PM
This course is designed to run side by side with the Institute for Philosophy and Religion’s fall lecture series on the topic of “faith and doubt” in the philosophy of religion. Should we think of faith the opposite of doubt, or is doubt a necessary component of faith? Should faith be considered a “virtue”? If so, what is its relationship with other virtues? Do people have faith only when they cannot know, or is faith another form of knowledge? These questions, and others like them, will be examined in a wide range of texts drawn from the religious, philosophical, and literary traditions in the both the East and the West.

CAS RN427/GRS RN727/STH TX827
20th Century American Religion

Topics in American Religion
Stephen Prothero
M 2:00PM-5:00PM
Exploration of 20th century American religion, with a focus on how liberal Protestants defined and practiced religion (as individual experience) and fostered in the process major shifts toward secularization, religious pluralism, and “spiritual but not religious.”

CAS RN466/GRS RN766/STH TX854
Religion and the Problem of Tolerance

Adam Seligman
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Explores the religious roots of tolerance as an alternative to secular, more liberal foundations for pluralism. Grapples with the challenge of tolerance to the revealed religions and the ways different societies have met or failed to meet this challenge.

CAS RN504/AH504/STH TX831
Religious Architecture in Islam: Mosques, Shrines, and Tombs

Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts
Emine Fetvaci
M 9:00AM-12:00PM
This course will examine a select group of buildings from the Islamic world in terms of architecture and religious practice. Topics will include monuments such as the Ka’ba, the Dome of the Rock, or the Taj Mahal as well as themes like pilgrimage, tomb visitation, and ritual prayer.

CAS RN526/XL470/LC470/STH TX867
The Story of the Stone

Topics in Religion and Literature in East Asia
Tom Michael
T 6:30PM-9:30PM
A masterpiece of world literature, depicts the interworkings of love, tragedy, honor, and drama within a Buddho-Daoist cosmos set in the everyday life of Chinese Confucianism. This course emphasizes the religious traditions of Chinese culture.

CAS RN555/LI555/XL383/STH TX888
Dante’s Hell

Dennis Costa
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
A close reading of one text, Dante Aligheri’s Inferno, with attention to its medieval contexts: philosophical, theological, and historical. Analysis of the poetic means by which Dante represents both human evil and human hope. Bi-lingual text. Lectures and discussion in English.

CAS RN563/HI596/AH539/AN548/STH TX847
Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History

Faculty: Betty Anderson
R 3:30PM-6:30PM
Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia.


 

Spring 2015

CAS RN100
Introduction to Religion

Yair Lior
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time.  But what is it?  How does it work in our world? This course explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical dimensions.

CAS RN102
Sacred Journeys

David Eckel
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
An introduction to the comparative study of religion through the theme of the sacred journey/religious quest in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and popular literature. Topics include heroic, romantic, and/or mystical quests; voyages to the underworld; apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic journeys.

CAS RN103
Religions of the World: Eastern

Gina Cogan
MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Focus on the world view of each tradition and the historical development of that world view.

CAS RN104
Religions of the World: Western

Jonathan Klawans
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in historical and cultural context, origins to the present. Examines diversity of practices, belief systems, and social structures within these religions. Also addresses debates within and between communities as well as contemporary concerns.

CAS RN106
Death and Immortality

Stephen Prothero
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Examines death as religious traditions have attempted to accept, defeat, deny, or transcend it. Do we have souls? Do they reincarnate? Other topics include cremation, ancestor worship, apocalypse, alchemy, AIDS, near-death experiences, otherworld cosmologies.

CAS RN206
Scriptures in World Religions

Diana Lobel
MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM
Introduction to scriptures in world religions, investigating the ways sacred books express, interpret, and make possible religious experience.

CAS RN210
Buddhism

M. David Eckel
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
A historical introduction to the major themes of Indian Buddhist thought and practice with special attention to the development of Buddhism in Tibet.

CAS RN212
Christianity

Anthony Petro
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Introduction to Christian thought and practice in a world context, origins to present. Topics include sin, salvation, sacrament, sacred text, bodies and souls, community, authority and the individual, Christians and non-Christians, and the challenge of modernity.

CAS RN213
Hinduism

Frank Korom
TR 9:30AM-11:00AM
Introduction to the Hindu tradition. Ritual and philosophy of the Vedas and Upanishads, yoga in the Bhagavad Gita, gods and goddesses in Hindu mythology, “popular” aspects of village and temple ritual, and problems of modernization and communalism in postcolonial India.

CAS RN214
Islam

Kecia Ali
MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
The rise and spread of Islam from the seventh century to the present; introduction to its central beliefs, institutions, and practices, and its impact on the religious and cultural history of Asia and Africa. Continuity and change in the modern period.

CAS RN215
Japanese Religion

Gina Cogan
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
Introduction to Japanese religions, including Shintoism and Zen, Pure Land, and Tantric Buddhism. Focus on Zen Buddhism and its cultural expression in both geido (way of the arts) and bushdo (way of the warrior). Brief examination of the modern Japanese philosophy of religion.

CAS RN216
Judaism

Steven Katz
TR 3:30PM-5:00PM
Systematic and historical introduction to doctrines, customs, literature, and movements of Judaism; biblical religion and literature; rabbinic life and thought; medieval mysticism and philosophy; modern movement and developments.

CAS RN220
Holy City: Jerusalem in Time, Space, and Imagination

Michael Zank
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Transformation of an ordinary ancient city into the holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims; and development of modern Jerusalem, as shaped by British rule, Zionism, and Palestinian nationalism. Jerusalem’s past, present, and meanings considered through analyses of religious and secular rhetoric.

CAS RN245/PH245
Religious Thought: The Quest for God and the Good

Diana Lobel
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Investigates the meaning and purpose of human life, the significance of God or an Absolute, the role of contemplation and action in the spiritual quest, relationships between philosophy and religious thought, East and West.

CAS RN250/SO250
Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

Nancy Ammerman
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Explores the role of religion in the organization of meaning within human societies and its contribution to the construction, maintenance, and transformation of the social order. Ways in which religion provides specific sets of solutions to the problems of social order are also explored.

CAS RN295/HI295
Religious Controversies and the Law

Simon Rabinovitch
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Explores a major challenge faced by modern states, namely the regulation of religion. Case studies from Europe, North America, and Israel demonstrate the ways in which governments have weighed religious freedom against other social and legal values, rights, and needs.

CAS RN318/IR318
Religion and American Foreign Policy

James Wallace
M 1:00PM-4:00PM
Introduction to the historical roots and contemporary relevance of religion for American foreign policy. Uses conventional chronological approaches to explore key themes that illustrate the role of religion as input and object of American foreign policy.

CAS RN324/GRS RN624/STH TX824
Introduction to Rabbinic Literature

Jonathan Klawans
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
Chronological exploration of rabbinic Judaism’s major documents, using a modern scholarly anthology. The Mishnah; legal and legendary selections from the midrashim and both the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds. Themes: monotheism, sin and atonement, heaven and hell, conceptions of gender, the impact of rabbinic texts on medieval and modern Judaism.

CAS RN345/GRS 645/STH TX845
Islamic Law

Kecia Ali
MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
A survey of major trends in Islamic jurisprudence from the seventh century to the present; the structure of Islamic law, its regulative principles, its place in Islamic society, and the mechanisms by which it is elaborated and applied.

CAS RN348/LZ381/GRS RN648/STH TX881
Rumi and Persian Sufi Poetry

Sassan Tabatabai
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
Introduction to the Persian Sufi poet Rumi’s narrative and lyric writings. Focus on Islamic mysticism, the innovative aspects of Rumi’s poetry, and the problem of profane vs. sacred love. All readings in English translation.
Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS RN382/AA382/HI349/GRSRN682/AA882/HI749/STH TX883
History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa

John Thornton
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole.

CAS RN385/XL281/GRS RN685/STH TX899
Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film

Nancy Harrowitz
TR 9:30AM-11:00AM
Questions of representation in literature and film about the Holocaust, including testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, Ozick, and others; films include documentaries and feature films. Discussions of the Holocaust as historical reality, metaphor, and generative force in literature.

CAS RN387/GRS RN687/AN384/GRS AN784/STH TX887
Anthropology of Religion

Frank Korom
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
Myth, ritual, and religious experience across cultures. Special attention to the problem of religious symbolism and meaning, religious conversion and revitalization, contrasts between traditional and world religions, and the relation of religious knowledge to science, magic, and ideology.

New Course
CAS RN392/GRS RN692/STH TH869
Religious History of Boston

Christopher Evans
T 2:00PM-5:00PM
The Greater Boston area contains one of the richest historical legacies in the United States. This course examines distinctive aspects of that historical legacy, by focusing upon the religious history of Boston. Includes required visits to specific Boston area historical sites.

CAS RN412/GRS RN712/STH TT855
Theology of Christian Mysticism

Ray Hart
W 6:00PM-9:00PM
A concentrated venture in philosophical theology. Lectures, reading, and discussion center on the thought, not the praxis, of selected major mystics in the Christian tradition. Overviews Greek philosophical backgrounds; closely examines Eckhart, Nicholas of Cusa, Boehme, and William Blake.

CAS RN430 B1/GRS RN730 B1/STH TX880 B1
Shamanism in East Asia

Topics in East Asian Religions
Tom Michael
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
Approaches to shamanism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). Reading of original texts in translation and secondary scholarly studies. Topics include shamanism and: state and local religion; myth and poetry; gender and mediumship; ancient and modern religion.

CAS RN435/GRS RN735/STH TX836
Women, Gender, and Islam

Kecia Ali
M 3:00PM-6:00PM
Investigates the way Muslim religious discourse, norms, and practices create and sustain gender and hierarchy in religious, social, and familial life. Looks at historical and contemporary challenges posed to these structures.
Prereq:(CASRN104 OR CASRN214) or equivalent.

CAS RN439/GRS RN739/STH TX859/SPH LW739
Jewish Bioethics

Michael Grodin
R 3:30PM-6:30PM
Exploration of Jewish perspectives on life, death and dying, abortion, the new reproductive technologies, organ transplantation and genetic engineering. Examination of the impact of the Nazi doctors, racial hygiene, euthanasia, and genocide on contemporary bioethics.
Prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor.

CAS RN453/GRS RN753/STH TX893
The Body and Sexuality in Classical Religious Texts

Topics in Religion and Sexuality
Tom Michael
T 6:30PM-9:30PM
Treats foundational primary sources in translation on sex and the body in several world religions. Consideration of differences in sources: genre, gender, modern/classical. Traditions include Greek, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist.

New course
CAS RN460/GRS RN760/ STH TX805
Holocaust Studies

Steven Katz
TR 12:30PM-2:00PM
This seminar will examine ethical and religious issues raised by the Holocaust, including: anti-Semitism; treatment of Jewish women; nature of the perpetrators; actions of different countries; importance of ideology; the nature and degree of Jewish resistance; post-Holocaust theology.

New course
CAS RN490/AR435/GRS RN790/AR735/STH TX820
Materiality and Religion in Late Antiquity

Topics in the Materiality of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
David Frankfurter
W 6:00PM-9:00PM
How does one direct the power of a saint’s relic?    What is involved in the worship of a statue?   Why were amulets so vital in ancient religions?   What determines the layout of a god’s temple, a church, or a synagogue?   What did people do with books besides read them?   How did Islam influence sacred space?   This course looks at the architectural, iconographic, votive, magical, and other physical aspects of religion in Mediterranean antiquity.    We begin with the life of images and statues in the Roman world, both those in temples and those brought into homes, and proceed to the material context of formative Judaisms and Christianities in the eastern Mediterranean world, looking at ritual assemblages and magic, the various roles of images in these “anti-idolatrous” religions, and various arrangements of sacred space.   We will incorporate modern perspectives on the power of the image in ritual and everyday life while engaging our modern cultural preconceptions and labels concerning “idolatry,” “fetish,” and “superstition.”   The course will conclude with research presentations of students’ independent projects on primary materials from archaeology, museums, or published volumes.

CAS RN468/GRS RN768/AN568/ STH TX868
Symbol, Myth, Rite

Adam Seligman
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Historical overview of ritual behavior, the role of symbolism in the study of culture, and the narrative quality of worldview and belief. Emphasis on verbal performance and public display events in specific cultural contexts.

CAS RN524 A1/XL560 A1/LR 383 A1/STH TX826 A1
Russian Literature and Spirituality

Topics in Religion and Literature
Yuri Corrigan
TR 2:00PM-3:30PM
In this course we explore how Russian authors experimented artistically with religious ideas (e.g., spirit, soul, heaven, hell, crucifixion, resurrection, sin, redemption, prophecy, immortality) in the increasingly anti-religious environment of late imperial and Soviet Russia. Authors include Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Leskov, Bely, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Platonov, and the filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. We also read excerpts from philosophers and theorists, including Solovyov, Bakhtin, and the Russian formalists.

CAS RN524 B1/XL560 B1/STH TT806 B1
The Unique Individual in Literature (narrative fiction) and in Religious Thought

Topics in Religion and Literature
Ray Hart
R 3:30PM-6:30PM
Readings from the fiction of Goethe, Melville, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, poetry and short stories of Poe.  Comparison between the discursive (religious thought) and non-discursive forms (literature) for apprehending and expressing the mystery, paradox and fragility of human life.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAS RN100
Introduction to Religion
Faculty: Stephen Prothero
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing
fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time. But what is it? How does it work in our world? This course
explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical
dimensions.

CAS RN101
The Bible
Faculty: Michael Zank
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Designed for the student who will take only one or two courses in religious
studies, this course introduces the Bible as a foundational source of Western
culture. In addition to basic knowledge of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the
student may expect to gain an appreciation of biblical themes in Western
literature and art.

CAS RN102
Sacred Journeys
Faculty: Emily Hudson
MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM
An introduction to the comparative study of religion through the theme of the
sacred journey/religious quest in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and popular
literature. Topics include heroic, romantic, and/or mystical quests; voyages to
the underworld; apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic journeys.

CAS RN103
Religions of the
World: Eastern

Faculty: David Eckel
MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Focus on the
world view of each tradition and the historical development of that world view.