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Religious Studies

RELI 121: Introduction to Religion and Culture

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This is an introductory course that explores relations between religion and culture through the examination of social theory and the analysis of case studies. The case studies focus on such issues as visual culture, ritual, media, gender, and politics.

Required Textbook

  • Bataille, Theory of Religion, translated by Robert Hurley.  Zone Books, 1989. ISBN-10: 0942299094

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Andrew Aghapour, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
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RELI 122: Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Religion

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course provides an introduction to philosophical approaches to the study of religion, exploring such topics as religious language and experience, the problem of evil, the relation between religious belief and practice, and issues of religious diversity.

Required Textbooks

  • Peterson, et al., Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th edition (2014), ISBN 978-0199303441

You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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RELI 140: Religion in America

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This is an introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present.

Required Textbook

  • Albanese, America: Religions and Religion, 5th edition (2012), ISBN 978-1133050025

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RELI 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course examines continuities and innovations throughout Western Christian history, from Jesus' time through early persecution of Christians, from the Crusades through the Inquisition, and from the Reformation to today's Christian diversity in America.

Required Textbook

  • Coakley and Sterk, Readings in World Christian History (2004), ISBN 978-1570755200
  • Greene, The Power and the Glory, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0142437308
  • Harline, Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe (2003), ISBN 978-0385508209
  • Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller (1992), ISBN 978-0801843877

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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RELI 207: Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course is an analysis of the variety of traditions used in the first two centuries to portray Jesus, focusing on the reasons for this variety and the historical and literary problems it presents.

Required Textbooks

  • Cameron, The Other Gospels: Non-Canonical Gospel Texts (1982)
  • Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium (1999)
  • Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (1979)
  • The New Testament—a modern translation of the New Testament is required. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is recommended for this course. The RSV and NIV are also acceptable. Most other versions, however, are not appropriate for academic study (including the KJV, Good News Bible, and Living Bible). Please email the instructor at the start of the course if you have questions about a particular version.

You may purchase the textbook at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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RELI 208: The Birth of Christianity

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course is an analysis of the origin of the Christian Church and the earliest stages of its expansion with particular emphasis on the problems evident in the shift from a Jewish to a Gentile framework. Paul's role and contribution in defining and resolving the issues will be considered in detail and evaluated in the light of subsequent events.

Required Textbooks

  • Ehrman, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity, 2nd edition (2015), ISBN 978-0195398922
  • Meeks, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0300098617
  • Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries (1997), ISBN 978-0060677015

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RELI 236: religious things

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)*

*Note: This course is offered in a blended format. Although the majority of the work is completed online, you will be required to attend two class sessions at local museums listed below.

An introduction to religion and visual culture in the United States. The course focuses on painting, ritual objects, and architecture.

Required Textbooks

  • Marchi, Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon, 2009. ISBN 9780813545585

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Matthew Lynch, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
  • A sample syllabus is not yet available.

Required Class Meetings

In addition to the online portion of the course, there will be two required face-to-face class meetings:

  • Dates to be determined.

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