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RELI0121A-F17

CRN: 92271

Buddhist Traditions in India
Buddhist Traditions in India
An introduction to the development of Indian Buddhist thought, practice, and institutions. The course will begin with an examination of the life of the Buddha and the formation of the early tradition. It will then explore developments from early Nikaya Buddhism, through the rise of the Mahayana, and culminating in Tantric Buddhism. Attention will be given throughout to parallel evolutions of doctrine, practice, and the path to Nirvana. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0130A-F17

CRN: 91582

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. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0130Y-F17

CRN: 91583

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. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0130Z-F17

CRN: 92016

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. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0132A-F17

CRN: 92532

The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
After a grounding in the narratives of Genesis and Exodus (and an examination of those books’ understanding of the Law) we will move on to study the two versions of the Commandments—one in Exodus and one in Deuteronomy. We will then proceed to the history of interpretation of the Commandments, both as a unit unto themselves and as part of the general system of biblical law. Special attention will be paid to the differences between Rabbinic Judaism's understanding of the Decalogue (as the commandments are also known) and the various Christian understandings of the Ten Commandments. We will also look at expressions of the Decalogue in Islamic scripture and tradition. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0140A-F17

CRN: 92017

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. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0150A-F17

CRN: 92272

The Islamic Traditions
The Islamic Traditions
What is Islam? Is it a religion, a way of life, a civilization, or a political ideology? Was Muhammad a political leader, a warrior, or an ascetic? What is the Qur’an? How did it develop as a sacred text and how does it compare to the Bible? This course is designed to provide a platform for us to explore such questions by focusing on historical, social, and intellectual developments in the wide swath of land known as the Muslim world. Special attention will be given to early developments of the Islamic community as well as the later response of different Muslim communities to modernity. 3 hrs. lect./disc

RELI0150Y-F17

CRN: 92435

The Islamic Traditions
Discussion
The Islamic Traditions
What is Islam? Is it a religion, a way of life, a civilization, or a political ideology? Was Muhammad a political leader, a warrior, or an ascetic? What is the Qur’an? How did it develop as a sacred text and how does it compare to the Bible? This course is designed to provide a platform for us to explore such questions by focusing on historical, social, and intellectual developments in the wide swath of land known as the Muslim world. Special attention will be given to early developments of the Islamic community as well as the later response of different Muslim communities to modernity. 3 hrs. lect./disc

RELI0150Z-F17

CRN: 92436

The Islamic Traditions
Discussion
The Islamic Traditions
What is Islam? Is it a religion, a way of life, a civilization, or a political ideology? Was Muhammad a political leader, a warrior, or an ascetic? What is the Qur’an? How did it develop as a sacred text and how does it compare to the Bible? This course is designed to provide a platform for us to explore such questions by focusing on historical, social, and intellectual developments in the wide swath of land known as the Muslim world. Special attention will be given to early developments of the Islamic community as well as the later response of different Muslim communities to modernity. 3 hrs. lect./disc

RELI0180A-F17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180A-F17

CRN: 92273

Intro to Biblical Literature
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0180X-F17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180X-F17

CRN: 92437

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0180Y-F17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Y-F17

CRN: 92439

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0180Z-F17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Z-F17

CRN: 92440

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0233A-F17

CRN: 91763

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.

RELI0241A-F17

Cross-Listed As:
HARC0241A-F17

CRN: 92185

Ancient Egypt: Art & Religion
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Art and Religion of Ancient Egypt
With its pyramids and mummies, the civilization of Ancient Egypt and its obsession with the afterlife loom large in the contemporary imagination. In this introductory course we explore Egyptian art and religion and study the driving forces for Egypt’s cultural continuity and change between c. 3200 BCE and 30 BCE. We also consider the impact of Ancient Egypt on later civilizations; its rediscovery during the 19th and early 20th centuries; and the reception of Ancient Egypt as a factor in the formation of modern Egypt. 3 hrs. Lect.

RELI0259A-F17

CRN: 92428

Fundamentalism and Religion
Fundamentalism and Religion
What is fundamentalism and why is it in the news so much? Is it inherently linked to intolerance, radicalism, violence, and an apocalyptic mood? We will begin by examining the historical development of fundamentalism in the early 20th century, paying special attention to its ongoing symbiotic relationship with modernism and secularism. Though we will focus more on Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East, we will also examine Jewish and Christian fundamentalisms, and other regions of the world, discussing all with a comparative approach. We will see whether or not we can find common psychological, socio-economic, and/or religious patterns that can help us understand the rise of fundamentalism in the contemporary world. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0298A-F17

Cross-Listed As:
INTD0298A-F17

CRN: 91735

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.” 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0298Y-F17

Cross-Listed As:
INTD0298Y-F17

CRN: 92446

Privilege and Poverty
Discussion
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.” 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0298Z-F17

Cross-Listed As:
INTD0298Z-F17

CRN: 92448

Privilege and Poverty
Discussion
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.” 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0383A-F17

Cross-Listed As:
GSFS0383A-F17

CRN: 92274

Storied Women
Storied Women
In this course we will read and analyze stories about women in the Jewish Bible, its Greek translations, and the Christian Bible (both Old and New Testaments). Using various historical, literary, theological, and gendered approaches to the study of ancient texts, we will examine characters such as Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Tamar, Deborah, Ruth, Judith, Mary, the women of Paul’s letters, and Revelation’s great whore of Babylon. In addition to recent academic treatments of the stories, we will also consider some of the ways they have been retold through time in both religious and secular settings, including art, literature, drama, and film. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0384A-F17

Cross-Listed As:
GSFS0384A-F17

CRN: 92076

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-F17

CRN: 91584

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-F17

CRN: 90191

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-F17

CRN: 90193

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500D-F17

CRN: 90194

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-F17

CRN: 90204

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-F17

CRN: 90830

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-F17

CRN: 90341

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-F17

CRN: 90343

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-F17

CRN: 90832

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500N-F17

CRN: 91337

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500P-F17

CRN: 91662

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-F17

CRN: 90344

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

RELI0700B-F17

CRN: 90345

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700D-F17

CRN: 90347

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-F17

CRN: 90348

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-F17

CRN: 90349

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-F17

CRN: 90350

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-F17

CRN: 90353

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-F17

CRN: 90535

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700N-F17

CRN: 91339

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700P-F17

CRN: 91663

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-F17

CRN: 91243

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701B-F17

CRN: 91244

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701D-F17

CRN: 91246

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701E-F17

CRN: 91247

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-F17

CRN: 91248

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701G-F17

CRN: 91249

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701J-F17

CRN: 91252

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-F17

CRN: 91253

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701N-F17

CRN: 91340

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701P-F17

CRN: 91664

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Department of Religion

Munroe Hall
427 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753