James S. Cutsinger, Chair
Islam as a dynamic cultural tradition: emphasis on the tension between Islamization and the larger Islamic tradition.
Cross-listed course: ANTH 515
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Global Learning
The examination of a theme or problem central to the study of Buddhism in a seminar emphasizing intensive reading and creative discussion. Course may be repeated since topics change.
Introduction to formative thinkers in the discipline of religious studies, with attention to the methodological problems of comparison.
Foundational texts appropriate to the student's area of specialization and required for advanced course work and thesis preparation.
Examination of the four major New Testament titles: Son of Man, Christ, Lord, and Son of God. Attention also given to some lesser-known titles and to Christology in context.
Religion as a factor in the comparative politics and international relations of states and societies.
Cross-listed course: POLI 724
Beliefs and practices in ancient Israelite religion, with particular attention to the emergence of monotheism. Comparison with other ancient Near Eastern religions.
Introduction to historical and contemporary approaches to the cross-disciplinary study of the inter-relations of the religious and the literary imaginations.
Elements in the religion of the black slave in early America, the development of black churches and theological movements.
Tenets, themes, and representative figures in black and liberation theology in the United States and in Central and South America.
The diverse heritage of American evangelism, with special emphasis on its socio-political and theological origins in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Various 20th-century christological perspectives, with special emphasis on the person and work of Jesus as bases for addressing life/death and hope/despair issues.
An examination of the perennialist approach to the mystical and contemplative teachings of the major religious traditions.
Examination of contemporary problems in the philosophical foundations of religion.
Topics related to the study of texts in the life of specific religious communities. Course content varies; individual topics will be announced.
Topics related to the study of religious doctrines, cosmologies, spiritual practices, and ethics. Course content varies; individual topics will be announced.
Topics examining religious institutions, practices, and experiences in relation to other cultural forms. Course content varies; individual topics will be announced.