HUMANITIES COURSES: WHAT IS RELIGION?

 

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HUM 135 MGW

 what is RELIGION?  DENOMINATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Mary Grace Williams

 T    Th  5:00 – 6:20 pm

  

OLIN 203

 

 

1 credit The Christian Church is the largest religion in the world and its growth can be attributed to the church’s capacity to mutate and adapt to a changing world.  Over the past two millenniums we have seen much variety in the different sects and denominations that have emerged, each claiming their right to proclaim their understanding of Jesus.  These groups often have divergent understandings of what it means to be a Christian and their differences have often resulted in war, political and economical upheaval, and colonization. This course will offer an historical, theological, and liturgical exploration of the complex Christian church.  How is Christianity defined by various denominations?  Why do the denominations often denigrate each other? How can a religion be so segmented and yet share a common history and tradition?  What does the future hold for the Christian faith?  (This class meets Sept. 4th – Oct. 4th.)  Class size: 20 

 

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HUM 135 BC

 what is THE APOCALYPSE?

Bruce Chilton

 T    Th  5:00 – 6:20 pm

  

OLIN 305

 

 

1 credit  Human history will close with a thousand years (a millennium) of utopia. That promise, voiced in the last book of the New Testament (Apocalypse 20:3-4), has been incorporated within modern forms of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In all three, however, millennialism today is more threat than promise, and has emerged with programs of violent action that we will seek to understand.

 (This class meets Oct. 11th – Nov. 13th.)  Class size: 20