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AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Department of Religion

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Communities

In this course we will explore the teachings and worldviews of the major South Asian religions of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. We will learn about their histories, sacred texts, rituals and festivals, sacred personalities, and practices of everyday religious and social life in India and the Diaspora. RT, HUM

In this course we will explore the teachings, worldviews, and practices of the major religions of South Asia, namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. While our focus engages various historical contexts, we pay particular attention to the interface of religion and global events in India and the Diaspora. RT, HUM
This course studies and compares traditional Indigenous—and particularly Native American—spiritualities, Judaism, and Christianity, giving attention to the diversity within these traditions and how and when significant developments occurred within them in response to particular circumstances and contexts. Islam will also be briefly addressed. We will also explore how Native American spiritualities, Judaism, and Christianity have interacted with and influenced each other within the context of European and American hegemony. RT, HUM 
 
This survey course will introduce students to historical developments, key figures, institutions and communities in Christianity from the first-century to the Late Middle Ages. Topics such as religious movements, teachings, spiritual practices, saints and mystics, local and religious life will be examined within their historical context. This course is an opportunity for students to take a pilgrimage into the history of Christian identity. Students will learn what it has meant to think, pray and live as a Christians across the globe, so that they can apply these insights to their own work (e.g., scholarship, service and community leadership) in today’s pluralistic world. RT, HUM
 
This course offers an introduction to the teachings and histories of religious traditions mainly from Asia and the Middle East: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism from India, Confucianism and Daoism from China, and Islam from Saudi Arabia. The course will include sections on Buddhist mindfulness and meditation, and case studies that include the Arab Spring, the Free Tibet movement, and the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The course concludes with a case study of Indian independence and the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan in the disputed territory of Kashmir. RT, HUM
This course introduces students to the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam  by exploring their mythical, experiential, ritual, ethical, social, and doctrinal components in a comparative manner across history. While such an exploration certainly acknowledges each religion's unique qualities, it particularly emphasizes their common ground. RT, HUM
 
 
 
Through historical exploration, contemporary case studies, curated encounters, critical reflection, creative projects and individual research, students in this Sophomore Seminar will explore a variety of religions in contexts of conflict and cooperation in order to become informed students of religions and effective leaders in a religiously diverse world.
This course will define Judaism as a religious system based on Torah, with two main aspects—beliefs and practices. We will analyze the concept of Torah, as well as the methods of Jewish hermeneutics, by which Torah is explained and applied to changing historical circumstances. Jewish fundamental beliefs about God, the world, humankind, the people of Israel, and history will be explored, as they are expressed in Jewish law, mysticism, ethics, and philosophy. We will consider the major practices and rituals of Judaism. This account of the broad structure of Judaism will be set within a historical overview of Judaism, which will identify the major events, developments, and figures. We will examine factors which have created diversity and address the major modern varieties of Judaism. The course will conclude with a consideration of some of the major issues which currently exercise the Jewish community. HUM

 

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