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Religious Studies

RELI 104: Introduction to New Testament Literature

Offered Summer 2014 (11 weeks: May 13–July 25)

This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament and to the faith of the early Christian communities. The study focuses on Jewish and Greco-Roman background, the proclamation of the early church, the development of the gospel traditions, the life and ministry of Jesus, the ministry and theology of Paul, developments during the post-Pauline era, and the literature of the Johannine circle.

Required Textbooks

  • Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 5th edition, ISBN 978-0199757534
  • Ehrman, The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0195154641

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 121: Introduction to Religion and Culture

Offered Summer 2014 (11 weeks: May 13–July 25)

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 Summer 2014 (11 weeks: May 13–July 25)

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

  • Summer instructor: Rose Aslan, MA
  • Fall instructor: Matthew Hotham, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
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RELI 207: Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History

Offered Summer 2014 (11 weeks: May 13–July 25)

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

  • Summer instructor: Shaily Patel, MA
  • Fall instructor: Stanley Thayne, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
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RELI 208: The Birth of Christianity

Offered Fall semester 2014 (august 19-December 12)

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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RELI 236: religious things

Offered Summer 2014 (11 weeks: May 13–July 25)*

*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: Leif Tornquist, 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:

  • North Carolina Museum of Art, June 14 at 2 pm
  • Ackland Art Museum, July 12 at 2 pm

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