Spring 2010

RE 103 - 001     Religion & Culture     4 Cr.
Tu/Th     9:40 - 11:00      O. Solovieva
M         10:10 - 11:05

RE 103 - 002    Religion & Culture     4 Cr.
Tu/Th     11:10 - 12:30     O. Solovieva
M           11:15 - 12:10

RE 103 - 003     Religion & Culture     4 Cr.
Tu/Th      3:40 - 5:30      M. Stange

RE 225     Religion & Ecology     3 Cr.
Tu/Th     12:40 - 2:00     M. Stange

*RE 230-001   Ancient Greek & Late Ancient Rel.(NAB)   3 Cr.
Tu/Th     2:10 - 3:30     O. Solovieva

*RE 230-002     Comparative Myth (NAB)     3 Cr.
W/F     12:20 - 1:40     G. Spinner

*RE 230-003    History of Christianity    3 Cr.
M/W     2:30 - 3:50     R. Chrisman

RE 241     Theory & Method     3 Cr.
W/F     10:10 - 11:30     G. Spinner

RE 375     Senior Seminar     4 Cr.
W/F     12:20 - 2:10     M. Segol

PR 326     Tibetan Buddhism (NAB)     4 Cr.
Tu/Th     3:40 - 5:30     J. Smith


* Course Description for Topics Courses:

RE 230-001:  Ancient Greek and Late Ancient Religions
This course will provide an introduction to a variety of religious expressions found in Ancient Greek and Hellenistic societies. By looking at the materials drawn from mythology, ritual and philosophical texts, hagiography, poetry, and drama, we will explore diverse perspectives on cosmos, the nature of god(s) and the access to the divine, the human self and its potentials and discontents, and other fundamental issues articulated in ancient and late ancient religious practice and thought. At once fascinating and unsettling, distant and familiar, these religious worlds present an important test to our contemporary religious and scholarly sensibilities. Our goal is to learn how to approach them in a truly reflective—i.e., critical yet empathetic—way.  

RE 230-002: Comparative Myth
A myth is a sacred story believed by those telling it to disclose important truths about the world around them and the human order therein. Myths are always good stories, alive with action and infused with meaning. This course is both a sampler from world mythology and a survey of some major theorists of myth (such as Freud, Frazer, Dumezil and Levi-Strauss). In this class you will get to read selections from some of the oldest literature in the world, as well as from more recently collected mythology: Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Norse, and from peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Moreover, you will learn to think critically about such sacred stories, in turn examining the very category of “myth” and interrogating the comparative method itself.

RE 230-003:  History of Christianity

How did we get the kind of Christianity we have today?  Or do we have many Christianities?  Do Christians have to agree on the way they pray, or love or vote. How can some Christian denominations be pro-choice and some not?  What is a denomination—another religion?  Who decides whether gays and lesbians can get married in the church?  Can Christians like sex?  since when? 

Well, you get the idea.  And you probably have your own list of questions.  To try to answer them all requires a long view of things, the largest possible, and so this course will take us back to Christian origins 20 centuries ago and follow its development through many permutations over time and through many countries.  This will mean running deftly along the various strands of Christianity’s institutional history while also stopping to explore its impact upon—as well as how it was shaped by—culture and art.  At the same time, we will try never to lose sight of the existential import the man Jesus had, and has, for individual seekers, devotees, skeptics, critics, evangelists, advocates, apologists and enemies of “the Christian faith.”     

Students will leave this course with an expanded religious vocabulary, a critical yet appreciative understanding of Christian beliefs, and better grasp of the multitudinous thing which Christianity is today.

Other Courses counting towards the Religion major:

AM 376D, Religion in American Culture

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