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REL 290

Topics in Religion

Topics such as religious phenomena, e.g., Millenialism, religious ethics and historical religious figures and movements. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Leslie James

290A: Tps:Malcolm and Martin: A Religious Interpretation

The course explores the religious dimensions in the life, philosophy, and work, of these two iconic figures, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., whose lives were deeply embedded in the soil of religion, the modern civil rights movement, and the African American struggle for community and democracy in America and beyond. It draws on primary and secondary source materials to emphasize the power of religion in Malcolm and Martin's personal development, consciousness, constructions of self and society. In addition, it foregrounds the effects of their religious commitments on their environment, families, the global black struggle for emancipation, location between chaos and community, interrogations of contemporary society, visions of a more inclusive America and world, and legacy.

Fall Semester information

Matt Dillon

290A: Tps:Experiencing God: Western Mystical Traditions

In this course we will analyze mystical literature in the west from 500 BCE to the present. Beginning with the mystical matrix (Platonism, Apocalypticism, and Mystery Religions), we will proceed to the primary mystical literature from three major western religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), culminating in the study of more recent authors in whose work east meets west. Specific topics include visionary ascent, mystical interpretations of scripture, sexuality, autobiographical writings, and paranormal abilities.

Spring Semester information


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