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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

Su Jung Kim

290A: Tps:East Asian Religions

Tps:East Asian Religions

This course serves as an introduction to the religious beliefs and practices of East Asia. The course proceeds in chronological order, but we will also focus on broader themes of East Asian religions. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity and unity of religious expressions in China, Korea, and Japan, with readings drawn from a wide-range of texts: religious scriptures, philosophical texts, popular literature, and ethnographic studies. Special attention will be given to those forms of religion common to both the "elite" and "popular" culture: cosmology, afterlife, morality, and mythology. The course also raises more general questions concerning gender, class, political patronage, and differing concepts of religion.

Justin Glessner

290B: Tps:Comparative Scripture

Tps:Comparative Scripture

This course offers a comparative introduction to the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran--some of the foundational books of both western and world culture, and the sacred scriptural basis for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through close readings/discussions of primary sources (in English translation), this course will consider each set of texts in terms of its contents; confessional and historical-critical theories of its context, composition, and canonization; relationship to the other sacred texts; and reception in later religious traditions.