Fall Courses

Fall 2020

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REL-R 532 STUDIES OF RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE
MW 11:15A-12:30P

This course explores topics including yoga, mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic, Reiki, pentecostal divine healing, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ refusal of blood transfusions, and ethics in end-of-life care.

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REL-R 552 STUDIES IN BUDDHISM
MW 9:30-10:45A

This course surveys the historical development of Buddhist philosophy in India and how it has shaped the ideas of self, reality, reasoning, knowledge, belief, conduct, and liberation.

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REL-R 553 STUDIES IN ISLAM
MW 11:15A-12:30P

This course examines issues such as 1) the nature and scope of revelation, 2) the nature of good and evil, and 3) free will vs. predestination and explores Muslim views of creation, cosmology (the nature of God, angels, martyrdom), and eschatology (the end times).

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REL-R 554 RELIGIONS OF EAST ASIA
TR 4:00-5:15P

This course provides an introduction to the early development of Chinese thought, concentrating on early debates over human nature and the best practices of self-cultivation, the general nature of the cosmos and the human role in it, and the proper ordering of society.

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REL-R 620 ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL CHRISTIANITY
04:00P-06:30P W

This course will survey the writings and thought of Augustine of Hippo, in the context of the later Roman Empire and as received in later periods. All readings will be in English translation.

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