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RELI0130A-F16

CRN: 91671

The Christian Tradition
The Christian Tradition
We will examine Christian origins in global historical context, beginning with the life of Jesus and then focusing on Paul’s role in doctrine formation. Readings from the Bible and theologians like Augustine will give us insight into the development of regional church leadership, rituals, music, and the use of Scripture and reason. Then we will look at the impact of Catholic and Protestant Reformations on western culture and politics, and in recent times, we will examine the growth of the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostalism, and Mormonism in the global south, in contrast to secularism in the northern hemisphere. Visits to local churches will promote a deeper understanding of contrasting Christian worldviews. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0130X-F16

CRN: 92415

The Christian Tradition
Discussion
The Christian Tradition
We will examine Christian origins in global historical context, beginning with the life of Jesus and then focusing on Paul’s role in doctrine formation. Readings from the Bible and theologians like Augustine will give us insight into the development of regional church leadership, rituals, music, and the use of Scripture and reason. Then we will look at the impact of Catholic and Protestant Reformations on western culture and politics, and in recent times, we will examine the growth of the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostalism, and Mormonism in the global south, in contrast to secularism in the northern hemisphere. Visits to local churches will promote a deeper understanding of contrasting Christian worldviews. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Y-F16

CRN: 91672

The Christian Tradition
Discussion
The Christian Tradition
We will examine Christian origins in global historical context, beginning with the life of Jesus and then focusing on Paul’s role in doctrine formation. Readings from the Bible and theologians like Augustine will give us insight into the development of regional church leadership, rituals, music, and the use of Scripture and reason. Then we will look at the impact of Catholic and Protestant Reformations on western culture and politics, and in recent times, we will examine the growth of the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostalism, and Mormonism in the global south, in contrast to secularism in the northern hemisphere. Visits to local churches will promote a deeper understanding of contrasting Christian worldviews. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Z-F16

CRN: 92416

The Christian Tradition
Discussion
The Christian Tradition
We will examine Christian origins in global historical context, beginning with the life of Jesus and then focusing on Paul’s role in doctrine formation. Readings from the Bible and theologians like Augustine will give us insight into the development of regional church leadership, rituals, music, and the use of Scripture and reason. Then we will look at the impact of Catholic and Protestant Reformations on western culture and politics, and in recent times, we will examine the growth of the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostalism, and Mormonism in the global south, in contrast to secularism in the northern hemisphere. Visits to local churches will promote a deeper understanding of contrasting Christian worldviews. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0140A-F16

CRN: 92417

Hindu Traditions of India
Hindu Traditions of India
In this course we will identify and examine key themes and issues in the study of Hindu religious traditions in India, beginning with the defining of the terms Hinduism, religions, and religious. We will primarily focus on the ways Hindu religious traditions—texts, narratives, and practices—are performed, received, and experienced in India. Essential aspects of Hindu religious traditions will be examined, including: key concepts (darsan, dharma, karma and caste), key texts (the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana), and major religious deities (Shiva, Devi and Vishnu). The course will also cover contemporary Hindu-Muslim encounters, and the emerging shape of Hinduism in the American diaspora. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0170A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0170A-F16

CRN: 90928

Religion in America
Religion in America
America often has been defined paradoxically as both the "most religious" and "least religious" of nations. This course, a historical survey of American religious life, will trace the unique story of American religion from colonial times to the present. Guiding our exploration will be the ideas of "contact," "conflict," and "combination." Along the way, we will examine the varieties of religious experiences and traditions that have shaped and been shaped by American culture such as, Native American traditions, Puritan life and thought, evangelicalism, immigration, African-American religious experience, women's movements, and the on-going challenges of religious diversity. Readings include sermons, essays, diaries and fiction, as well as secondary source material. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0170Y-F16

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0170Y-F16

CRN: 90929

Religion in America
Discussion
Religion in America
America often has been defined paradoxically as both the "most religious" and "least religious" of nations. This course, a historical survey of American religious life, will trace the unique story of American religion from colonial times to the present. Guiding our exploration will be the ideas of "contact," "conflict," and "combination." Along the way, we will examine the varieties of religious experiences and traditions that have shaped and been shaped by American culture such as, Native American traditions, Puritan life and thought, evangelicalism, immigration, African-American religious experience, women's movements, and the on-going challenges of religious diversity. Readings include sermons, essays, diaries and fiction, as well as secondary source material. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0170Z-F16

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0170Z-F16

CRN: 90930

Religion in America
Discussion
Religion in America
America often has been defined paradoxically as both the "most religious" and "least religious" of nations. This course, a historical survey of American religious life, will trace the unique story of American religion from colonial times to the present. Guiding our exploration will be the ideas of "contact," "conflict," and "combination." Along the way, we will examine the varieties of religious experiences and traditions that have shaped and been shaped by American culture such as, Native American traditions, Puritan life and thought, evangelicalism, immigration, African-American religious experience, women's movements, and the on-going challenges of religious diversity. Readings include sermons, essays, diaries and fiction, as well as secondary source material. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0225A-F16

CRN: 92258

Chinese Religions
Chinese Religions
An introduction to the rich religious history of China, with an emphasis on primary sources. Topics will include: the ideas and practices of ancient China, the teachings of Confucius and early Taoist (Daoist) thinkers, the introduction of Buddhism to China and its adaptation to Chinese culture, the complex interaction of Buddhism with the Confucian and Taoist traditions, the role of the state in religion, the "popular" Chinese religion of local gods and festivals, and the religious scene in modern Taiwan and mainland China. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0233A-F16

CRN: 92004

Christianity in Africa
Christianity in Africa
Christianity has an ancient heritage in Africa and a vibrant presence today, especially in the form of charismatic and Pentecostal movements which emphasize divine healing and prophecy. In this course we will examine the texts, beliefs, and individuals who shaped early Christianity in northern Africa and Ethiopia, with emphasis on monasticism, martyrdom, and the writings of Augustine of Hippo. Then we will examine cross-cultural contact with European Christians, including Roman Catholic and Protestant missionary encounters. We will examine issues of racism, sexism, and cultural superiority past and present, to help us understand the complex role of religion and belief in the supernatural in post-colonial Africa today. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0238A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
CMLT0238A-F16

CRN: 92259

Literature Mystical Experience
Literature and the Mystical Experience
In this course we will explore how narrative art articulates spiritual perception by examining selected works of 20th century writers such as Miguel De Unamuno, Nikos Kazantzakis, J. D. Salinger, Charles Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, Alice Munroe, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Dillard. Drawing on theology and philosophy as an interpretative mode, we will consider the following questions: How does literature illuminate selfhood and interiority? How do contemplation and ascetic practice guide the self to divine knowledge and cosmic unification? How do language, imagery and symbols shape the unitive experience as a tool for empathy and understanding of the other? 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0238Y-F16

CRN: 92419

Literature Mystical Experience
Discussion
Literature and the Mystical Experience
In this course we will explore how narrative art articulates spiritual perception by examining selected works of 20th century writers such as Miguel De Unamuno, Nikos Kazantzakis, J. D. Salinger, Charles Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, Alice Munroe, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Dillard. Drawing on theology and philosophy as an interpretative mode, we will consider the following questions: How does literature illuminate selfhood and interiority? How do contemplation and ascetic practice guide the self to divine knowledge and cosmic unification? How do language, imagery and symbols shape the unitive experience as a tool for empathy and understanding of the other? 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0238Z-F16

CRN: 92420

Literature Mystical Experience
Discussion
Literature and the Mystical Experience
In this course we will explore how narrative art articulates spiritual perception by examining selected works of 20th century writers such as Miguel De Unamuno, Nikos Kazantzakis, J. D. Salinger, Charles Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, Alice Munroe, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Dillard. Drawing on theology and philosophy as an interpretative mode, we will consider the following questions: How does literature illuminate selfhood and interiority? How do contemplation and ascetic practice guide the self to divine knowledge and cosmic unification? How do language, imagery and symbols shape the unitive experience as a tool for empathy and understanding of the other? 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0256A-F16

CRN: 92399

Islam and Judaism
Islam and Judaism
In this course we will compare and contrast the histories, practices, and beliefs of Islam and Judaism. Our source materials will include scriptural and post-scriptural texts, as well as representative selections from religious polemics of both the pre-modern and modern periods. We will also watch a number of documentary films on the topic. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0297A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
JWST0297A-F16

CRN: 92008

Middle East Political Religion
Middle Eastern Political Religion
Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the rise of Religious Zionism in Israel, Middle Eastern politics and religion have become inextricably linked. In this course we examine the relationship between politics and religion in the Arab states, Israel, and Iran. Readings include selections from the scriptures of the monotheistic traditions, historical accounts of religious and political change, and theoretical analyses of historical trends. Throughout the term we will follow news accounts of current developments in the Middle East. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0298A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
INTD0298A-F16

CRN: 91944

Privilege and Poverty
Privilege and Poverty: The Ethics of Economic Inequality
In this course we will study the ethical implications of domestic and global economic inequality. Drawing from history, economics, sociology, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines, we will examine the causes and consequences of inequality, critically evaluate our usage of the terms “privilege” and “poverty,” and consider the range of moral responses individuals and society might have to inequality. We will ask whether it is unfair, unfortunate, or necessary that some citizens live with significantly less material wealth than others, and whether those who experience “privilege” have any moral responsibility to those who exist in “poverty.”

RELI0303A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0303A-F16

CRN: 92260

Cults and New Religions
Cults and New Religions
Religious outsiders have been persistent yet controversial. Mystics and messiahs preaching a variety of radical beliefs and ways of life have provoked strong responses from mainline traditions as well as from publics concerned about the "cult" menace. Yet new religions have also been a source of religious experimentation and revival. In this course we will explore the unique characteristics of new religions, the historical circumstances that give rise to them, who join and why, the societal reaction they generate, questions of authority and leadership, violence, and the factors that influence their success, decline and failure. A variety of new religions from North America and the West, as well as from Japan and China, will be considered. These may include the Shakers, the People's Temple, Hare Krishna, Soka Gakkai, the Children of God/Family, Solar Temple, Aum Shinrikyo, Falun Gong, the Branch Davidians, and the Raelians. 3 hrs sem.

RELI0384A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
GSFS0384A-F16

CRN: 92488

Women, Religion, & Ethnograpy
Women, Religion, and Ethnography
In this course we will focus on ethnographic scholarship regarding women in various religious traditions. We will begin with questions of feminist ethnography as proposed by Lila Abu-Lughod and then read a range of ethnographies focusing on women in different contexts, including a female Muslim healer in South India, Kalasha women in Pakistan, Bedouin Muslim women in Egypt, and Catholic nuns in Mexico. We will focus on how gendered and religious identities are constructed and intertwined, and what ethnography contributes to the study of both religion and gender. A prior course in Religion, Anthropology, or Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is recommended. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0400A-F16

CRN: 91674

Seminar: Study of Religion
Understanding Religion: Foundational Theories and Methods
In this seminar we will examine the genesis of the academic study of religion in the modern world by reading seminal texts of such founding thinkers as: Durkheim, Weber, James, Freud, Jung, and Eliade. We will analyze these and more recent theories and methods in the sociological, psychological, and comparative study of religion, discerning their assumptions and implications, strengths and weaknesses, and utilizing them in focused written assignments. We end with the study of text-critical methods, interpreting the Garden of Eden story from multiple perspectives. Open to juniors and seniors who have had two religion courses or by waiver. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0500A-F16

CRN: 90198

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-F16

CRN: 90852

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500D-F16

CRN: 90201

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-F16

CRN: 90211

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-F16

CRN: 90853

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-F16

CRN: 90352

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-F16

CRN: 90354

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-F16

CRN: 90855

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500L-F16

CRN: 90856

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500P-F16

CRN: 91778

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-F16

CRN: 90355

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-F16

CRN: 90357

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700D-F16

CRN: 90358

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-F16

CRN: 90359

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-F16

CRN: 90360

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-F16

CRN: 90361

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-F16

CRN: 90364

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-F16

CRN: 90553

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700L-F16

CRN: 90869

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700P-F16

CRN: 91779

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-F16

CRN: 91289

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701C-F16

CRN: 91291

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701D-F16

CRN: 91292

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701E-F16

CRN: 91293

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-F16

CRN: 91294

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701G-F16

CRN: 91295

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701J-F16

CRN: 91298

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-F16

CRN: 91299

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701L-F16

CRN: 91300

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701P-F16

CRN: 91780

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Department of Religion

Munroe Hall
427 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753