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Religious Studies

RELI 121: Introduction to Religion and Culture

Offered Fall semester 2014 (august 19-December 12)

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 140: Religion in America

Offered Fall semester 2014 (august 19-December 12)

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

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 183: Asian Religions

Offered Fall semester 2014 (august 19-December 12)

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.

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 Hotham, MFA, MTS
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
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RELI 207: Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History

Offered Fall semester 2014 (august 19-December 12)

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.

Course Details

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