The Nature of the Gods

COLL-C 103 — Spring 2023

Jeremy Schott
Days and Times
TR 9:45AM - 11:00AM
Course Description

Does God exist? What's s/he like? This course explores the history of an idea—the existence and nature of God and gods/goddesses—in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world (e.g. Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylonia) and the reception and transformation of those ideas in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will explore the history and variety of the ways people have imagined God/the gods, and learn how scholars use interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the disciplines of History, Philosophy, Classics, and Religious Studies to study the history of ideas. We will explore questions including: arguments for the existence of God/gods; atheism, ancient and modern; whether the gods have bodies and emotions, how humans and gods can/should interact. All readings will be in English.