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TRELIG 205 Introduction to Religious Studies (5) I&S/VLPA
Introduces students to the 'data,' including objects, places, texts, music, and rituals, foundational for the academic study of religion, beginning with a critical discussion of the problem of defining 'religion'. Recommended that students complete this course before taking TRELIG 305 and TRELIG 321.
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TRELIG 305 Modern Theories of Religion (5) I&S
Examines intellectual questions raised by thinkers such as Darwin, Marx, and Freud which were complemented by social and political movements to privatize religion. Considers both the intellectual and social transformation of religion in the modern Western milieu. Examines the contrasting situation in less secular non-Western societies.
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TRELIG 310 Religious Diversity in America (5) I&S, DIV
Examines the pluralities of religions in modern American, introducing the history, sociology, and beliefs of Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims in the United States. Discusses problems of solutions to human dilemmas, the nature of ultimate reality, and the role of its founder from the perspective of each of these religions.
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TRELIG 320 Confucianism and East Asian Modernity (5) I&S
Examines elements of the Confucian tradition which have left a distinctive imprint on the social, political, and economic life of modernized, but not "Westernized," East Asian societies.
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TRELIG 321 Comparative Religion (5) I&S
Examines comparative approaches to religious experience and belief with emphasis on conceptual issues such as ritual, symbolism, identity, ecstatic experience, and revitalization movements in the context of globalization. Addresses criteria of both similarity and difference in the comparative work.
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TRELIG 333 Buddhist Thought (5) I&S
Explores key teachings of the Buddha. Investigates the "Three Jewels" of the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddha's teachings), and the Sangha (the Buddhist Community) and applies the teachings to daily life.
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TRELIG 345 Christian Thought and Ethical Practice (5) I&S
Provides a systematic introduction to key concepts in Christianity by looking at their application to contemporary ethical problems. Explores these concepts with readings while also providing a platform for thinking about larger themes in ethical and social theory, which are broader interest for those outside of religious studies.
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TRELIG 350 Philosophy, Religion, and the Environment (5) I&S/NW
Examines the value of nature and whether it is socially constructed or objectively existing. Considers how our philosophical and religious worldviews affect the way we value ourselves and our environment - including perspective from diverse traditions.
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TRELIG 365 Hinduism and Buddhism (5) I&S
Examines Hinduism and Buddhism, two of the world's most ancient religious traditions - both originated in India, and claim well over half a billion followers in the modern world. Presents the radically different (from conventional Western) perspectives they offer on the context and meaning of human existence.
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TRELIG 366 Islam (5) I&S
Investigates the history and forms of Islam, the predominant religion of the Middle East. Particular attention devoted to understanding values, views, and assumptions that are often quite different from those familiar in the secular societies of the West.
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TRELIG 367 East Asian Religions: Zen and Taoism (5) I&S
Investigates Taoism as a characteristic East Asian world view and of Zen as an East Asian reshaping of Indian Buddhism. Includes readings and discussion of Taoist and Zen materials.
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TRELIG 461 Religion and Church in Latin America (5) I&S
Provides an interdisciplinary examination of the political, social, and cultural implications of religion in Latin America. Covers four major themes: the history of the Catholic Church and its influence on politics and socio-economic structures, religious syncretism, liberation theology, and changes occurring in contemporary Latin American Christianity.
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TRELIG 463 God: East and West (5) I&S
Investigates both western and eastern approaches to understanding "God" (a personal Supreme Being who created the world) and examines ramifications for the way humans have thought.
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TRELIG 465 God and the New Physics (5) I&S
Examines multiple theories and interpretations of physical reality. Explores how new ways of thinking about the world are paralleled by new ways of thinking about God. Examines some new theories and reflects on religious and theological questions.
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TRELIG 467 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (5) I&S
Examines selected topics and problems in the philosophy of religion. Focuses on arguments for the existence of God; the problem of evil; atheism; faith; religious experience and revelation; the attributes of God; miracles; immorality; and the relation between religion and morality.
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