Religious Studies | Religions of the West
R152 | 3846 | Satlow
R152 Religions of the West (Satlow) Culture Studies Credit (3 Cr.) TR
10:10-11:00 LI 033 plus discussion section
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share a common source in the cultures
of the Near East, and some common heritage as Abrahamic traditions. They
also share a long history of interaction, and issues of adaptation to
diverse social and historical contexts. Consequently, these religious
traditions show more diversity within themselves, and more similarity to
each other, than many people realize.
This course offers an introductory outline of the three traditions,
exploring their mythic origins, scared texts, basic beliefs and practices,
and modern context. We will proceed by lectures, discussions, and films.
The reading will emphasize primary sources and should help you develop
some understanding of the sacred texts of these traditions. No previous
knowledge of religion or history is presumed.