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Religious Studies

RELI 121: Introduction to Religion and Culture

OFFERED SUMMER 2015 (11 WEEKS: MAY 13–JULY 28)

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 SUMMER 2015 (11 WEEKS: MAY 13–JULY 28)

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

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RELI 183: Asian Religions

OFFERED SUMMER 2015 (11 WEEKS: MAY 13–JULY 28)

An introduction to major religions of South Asia and East Asia, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism.

Required Textbooks

  • Fuller, C. J. The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.
  • Keown, Damien. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. [Full text available online through the library].
  • Lopez, Donald, ed. Asian Religions in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

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RELI 208: The Birth of Christianity

OFFERED SUMMER 2015 (11 WEEKS: MAY 13–JULY 28)

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 (1999)
  • Meeks, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, 2nd edition (2003)
  • 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)

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. See Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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