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RELI0121A-F12

CRN: 92717

Buddhist Traditions in India

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
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.

RELI0121X-F12

CRN: 93036

Buddhist Traditions in India
Discussion

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
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.

RELI0121Y-F12

CRN: 92731

Buddhist Traditions in India
Discussion

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
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.

RELI0121Z-F12

CRN: 92732

Buddhist Traditions in India
Discussion

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
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-F12

CRN: 90137

The Christian Tradition

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0130X-F12

CRN: 92733

The Christian Tradition
Discussion

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Y-F12

CRN: 90695

The Christian Tradition
Discussion

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Z-F12

CRN: 91717

The Christian Tradition
Discussion

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0150A-F12

CRN: 91732

Intro to Islamic Tradition

Introduction to the Islamic Tradition (WT)
In this course we will explore the Islamic tradition: its history, basic doctrines and rituals, canonical literature, and diverse manifestations across time and space. We begin with a discussion of the ways in which the image of Islam has been shaped and represented in the west in recent centuries. Then we will embark upon a journey in the Islamic world. Throughout, we will focus on three elements - change, diversity, and continuity. We will also see how a shared sacred history, Scripture, and basic common conceptions in terms of belief and practice sustain a sense of unity among more than a billion contemporary Muslims. We will conclude with an analysis of the increasing presence of Islam in American society, media, and politics. 2 hrs. lect, 1 hr. disc.

RELI0150Y-F12

CRN: 91734

Intro to Islamic Tradition
Discussion

Introduction to the Islamic Tradition (WT)
In this course we will explore the Islamic tradition: its history, basic doctrines and rituals, canonical literature, and diverse manifestations across time and space. We begin with a discussion of the ways in which the image of Islam has been shaped and represented in the west in recent centuries. Then we will embark upon a journey in the Islamic world. Throughout, we will focus on three elements - change, diversity, and continuity. We will also see how a shared sacred history, Scripture, and basic common conceptions in terms of belief and practice sustain a sense of unity among more than a billion contemporary Muslims. We will conclude with an analysis of the increasing presence of Islam in American society, media, and politics. 2 hrs. lect, 1 hr. disc.

RELI0150Z-F12

CRN: 92977

Intro to Islamic Tradition
Discussion

Introduction to the Islamic Tradition (WT)
In this course we will explore the Islamic tradition: its history, basic doctrines and rituals, canonical literature, and diverse manifestations across time and space. We begin with a discussion of the ways in which the image of Islam has been shaped and represented in the west in recent centuries. Then we will embark upon a journey in the Islamic world. Throughout, we will focus on three elements - change, diversity, and continuity. We will also see how a shared sacred history, Scripture, and basic common conceptions in terms of belief and practice sustain a sense of unity among more than a billion contemporary Muslims. We will conclude with an analysis of the increasing presence of Islam in American society, media, and politics. 2 hrs. lect, 1 hr. disc.

RELI0160A-F12

CRN: 92734

The Jewish Tradition

The Jewish Tradition WT
An introductory course on central themes and problems in Judaism and the life of "the People of the Book," with the goal of understanding contemporary ideas, institutions, and problems of Jewish life and thought in historical perspective. Topics will include: the formative ideas in Jewish thought monotheism, commandment, Torah; liturgy, ritual, and rhythm of Jewish life; theory and practice of the commandments; the tension between textual tradition and innovation; the origins and contemporary denominations of Judaism (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox); Zionism and the meaning of Israel. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0170A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0228A-F12

CRN: 91233

Religion in America

Religion in America AR
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-F12

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0228Y-F12

CRN: 91234

Religion in America
Discussion

Religion in America AR
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-F12

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0228Z-F12

CRN: 91235

Religion in America
Discussion

Religion in America AR
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.

RELI0228A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
JAPN0228A-F12

CRN: 92735

Japanese Religions

Japanese Religions AT
We will begin our study of Japanese religions with the ancient mythology that forms the basis of Shinto (the way of the kami, or gods). We will then consider the introduction of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism to Japan and examine how these traditions were accepted, absorbed, and adapted. We will also investigate Japanese reactions to Christianity in the 16th century and the appearance of "new" Japanese religions starting in the 19th century. Throughout, we will ask how and why Japanese have both adhered to tradition and been open to new religions. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0232A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
PHIL0232A-F12

CRN: 92904

Please register via RELI 0232A
Please register via PHIL 0232A

Philosophy of Religion WT
In the first part of this course we will focus on philosophical reflections on the existence of God, the relation between religion and morality, the existence of evil, arguments for and against religious belief, and religious experience. We will read texts by Pascal, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, William James, and Freud. In the second part we will focus on the place of religion in society, considering what it means to live in a secular society, the relation between secularism and modernity, and the resulting modern forms of religious experience and practice. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0258A-F12

CRN: 92000

The Qur'an

The Qur’an WT
In this course we will examine the foundational text of the Islamic tradition, the Qur’an, as an influential piece of literature in the context of late antiquity and also as a sacred Scripture, the Spoken Word of God. It functions as a major source of inspiration for Muslims and guides their imagination across time and space. We will start with the formation of the Qur’an in the context of major historical developments before, during, and after the life of the Prophet in the Near East. We will then survey the structure and rhetoric of the Qur’an with special attention to and differences with the Christian and Jewish canons. We will examine the different schools of Qur’anic exegesis and their developments and notions of scriptural reasoning. The course will end with a multi-media workshop on aesthetic and artistic aspects of Muslim approach to the Qur’an. No previous knowledge of Islam is required. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0279A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0279A-F12

CRN: 92845

Bible and American Literature

The Bible and American Literature AR, WT
In this course we will study American literary responses to the spiritual and social demands of Christianity as expressed in select Biblical passages and narratives. We will examine how writers of different times and regions responded to this tradition, raising and exploring such questions as: How is Christian conduct to be defined in a political democracy? In an increasingly secular society, can a life lived “in imitation of Christ” result in more than victimization? How can a minister, serving a worldly congregation, know the degree to which his words are sacred or profane? Writers will include Stowe, Melville, Eliot, West, Baldwin, and Robinson. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0280A-F12

CRN: 92736

Hebrew Bible /Old Testament

Studies in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament WT
Studies in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is an introductory course that focuses on a major religious text in the Western tradition. We will closely read diverse selections from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings in English translation; no familiarity with the Bible or background is presumed. Special attention will be paid to matters of genre and methods of modern biblical scholarship, as well as Jewish and Christian traditions of interpretation. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

Note: Students with sufficient knowledge of Hebrew who would like to study selections from relevant texts in the original should register for RELI 0280B. (HEBR 0102, HEBM 0103, or waiver)/

RELI0290A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
WAGS0290A-F12

CRN: 92737

Women's Religious Life/Thought

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0290Y-F12

Cross-Listed As:
WAGS0290Y-F12

CRN: 92738

Women's Religious Life/Thought
Discussion

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0290Z-F12

Cross-Listed As:
WAGS0290Z-F12

CRN: 92739

Women's Religious Life/Thought
Discussion

Women's Religious Life and Thought: The Female Pursuit of God in Late Antiquity and Byzantium WT
This course will explore the female religious experience in Greco-Roman antiquity and Early Christianity. We shall trace the transition from the mystery religions of Demeter and Isis in the Eastern Mediterranean to the cult of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the worship of female saints. Drawing on a wide range of sources (hymns, saints' Lives, Apocryphal Gospels, Patristic texts, and icons), we shall study the varieties of female devotion and examine the roles available to women in the early Church: deaconesses and desert mothers, monastics and martyrs, poets and rulers. Different theoretical approaches will enable us to ask a series of questions: were women in the early Church considered capable of holiness? To what extent did the female 'gifts of the spirit' challenge church authority? What is distinct about the feminine experience of the divine? Finally, we shall consider the vision and poetics of female spirituality in select modern poets. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0303A-F12

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0303A-F12

CRN: 91729

Cults and New Religions

Cults and New Religions AR, AT
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.

RELI0335A-F12

CRN: 92740

Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholicism from Trent to Today
In this course we will examine the rise of Roman Catholicism, focusing on tradition and change from the 16th-century Council of Trent to the present day. Topics will include changing views on vernacular Bibles and lay reading of Scripture, adaptations of Catholicism in global contexts, and Catholic theologies of liberation. We will also examine current controversies over traditional beliefs and practices, such as women's roles in the church, and views of the pope and clergy on contraception, abortion, and gay marriage. We will pay attention to recent waves of disaffiliation stemming from these issues and the appeal of charismatic Protestant Christianity. Some background in the study of religion or European history expected. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0376A-F12

CRN: 92742

Religion and American Politics

Religion and American Politics AR, ET
Does religion belong in politics? Should religious reasons be permitted in public political debate? Should candidates for office publicly declare their religious beliefs? Are orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam fundamentally incompatible with democratic principles? This course examines these and similar questions regarding the relationship between religion and American democracy. We will study the role religion does in fact play in American politics, but primarily we will ask what role, if any, religion should play in politics. We will consider this last question by consulting a number of important contemporary political philosophers and theologians. (One of the following courses: RELI 0190, RELI 0275, RELI 0293, PSCI 0101, PSCI 0102, PSCI 0104, PSCI 0107, or any course in Philosophy) 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0387A-F12

CRN: 92794

Religions of Rome: Good Life
Religions of Rome: Good Life

Religions of Rome: The Good Life WT, ET
In this course we will examine “the good life” as Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian philosophers and moralists wrote about it. Commonly treated in terms of set themes (for example, justice, self-control, civic responsibilities, detachment, and pleasure), definitions of the good life had many common themes but still varied greatly with regard to both what the good life comprised and on what it was based. Primary readings will draw on such writers and works as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Plutarch, wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible, Philo of Alexandria, Sirach, Tobit, 4 Maccabees, Paul of Tarsus, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the Didache and Clement of Alexandria. Secondary literature will put these works in context and provide models for comparing and contrasting the views they discuss. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0500A-F12

CRN: 90285

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-F12

CRN: 90287

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-F12

CRN: 91114

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-F12

CRN: 90307

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-F12

CRN: 91115

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-F12

CRN: 90518

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500H-F12

CRN: 91116

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500I-F12

CRN: 90519

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-F12

CRN: 90520

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-F12

CRN: 91117

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500N-F12

CRN: 93009

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500O-F12

CRN: 93010

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-F12

CRN: 90521

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700B-F12

CRN: 90522

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-F12

CRN: 90523

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-F12

CRN: 90525

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-F12

CRN: 90526

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-F12

CRN: 90527

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700I-F12

CRN: 90529

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-F12

CRN: 90530

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-F12

CRN: 90741

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700N-F12

CRN: 93011

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700O-F12

CRN: 93013

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-F12

CRN: 92718

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701B-F12

CRN: 92719

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701C-F12

CRN: 92720

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701E-F12

CRN: 92722

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-F12

CRN: 92723

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701G-F12

CRN: 92724

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701I-F12

CRN: 92726

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701J-F12

CRN: 92727

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-F12

CRN: 92728

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701N-F12

CRN: 93012

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701O-F12

CRN: 93014

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required