The various strands of Japanese religious life from prehistoric times until the present. Kami worship; primary denominations of Japanese Buddhism; Japanese Christianity; Confucianism; and the New Religious. The ethical, social, and political implications of these strands. One course.
Problems and methods in the study of religion, followed by a survey of the historical development, beliefs, practices, ethics, and contemporary significance of the Islamic religion and religions of south and east Asia. One course.
Introduction to Islamic theology, practice, social institutions, and ethics in the past and present. One course.
Examination of the major books of the New Testament, covering their contents, ethical implications, historical and social setting, authorship, date, and theology. One course.
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.
Introduction to Buddhist texts, beliefs, rituals, and ethics in the past and present. One course.