Study of the major theological concepts of Christianity, in an attempt to understand when and why these concepts became part of the Christian legacy. We will study the theology of the Bible, the proclamations of the councils, the authoritative decisions of the churches, and the writings of the most influential Christian authors, up to our own day. For each of the focal points we will consider the historical and cultural contexts, and listen to the various participants in the debates, winners and losers.
Introduction to Christian doctrine, ritual, social organization and ethics in the past and present. One course.
Historical, literary, ethical, and theological investigations of the ancient Near Eastern context of Israelite religion and culture. One course.
An overview of major themes in Jewish practice, belief, identity, and history as presented through the medium of film. Emphasis will be on contemporary Judaism in Europe, America, and the Middle East. One course.
Seminar version of RELIGION140. One course.
Introduction to Judaic civilization from its origins to modern times. One course.
Introduction to Buddhist texts, beliefs, rituals, and ethics in the past and present. One course.
An exploration of the beliefs, ethics, everyday and ceremonial practices, philosophies, mythologies, and movements that are part of the aggregately-named religion of Hinduism. One course.
Introduction to leading themes and concepts in the study of religions from the ancient world to the present. Course is divided into two parts: (1) what is religion? and (2) how is religion studied? A variety of religious traditions are examined as well as various theories and definitions of religion. Includes exploration of key ways in which different religions understand such social problems as violence and ideological conflict. One course.