God(s): An Inquiry
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This comparative religion program will focus on the concept of God(s) and the theologies and cultures that surround this notion of the transcendent divine. We will cover, in order of appearance: Yoruba traditions, Shamanism, the ancient Greek world, ancient Chinese traditions (Confucianism, Taoism), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Western philosophical critiques of the God concept, the New Atheist movement, and New Age movements.
Students should be prepared to engage with challenging primary and secondary texts from each religious tradition, watch and analyze relevant films, keep a journal of their process through this exploration, produce an academic research paper, and give an oral presentation of their findings at the end of the quarter.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
consciousness studies, history, religious studies, critical and cultural theory, philosophy, and further studies in the liberal arts.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.