Religious Studies | Topics in Religious Studies
R202 | 22965 | Levene


Topic: God & the Human Condition

This course will explore the writings of selected Western authors
whose pursuit of truth, goodness, or salvation involve them in
arguing for and/or with conceptions of God. We will debate the
meanings of such notions as morality, freedom, nature, rationality,
faith, doubt, suffering, and beauty, and will consider in particular
the arguments of those thinkers who want to place the individual at
the center of such an inquiry. In this light, we will have cause to
ask about the practices and performances of selfhood that each
thinker would have human beings enact, and about the nature of the
path to wisdom that is thereby recommended. Authors may include
Plato, the Bible, Anselm, Descartes, Pascal, Kant, Hegel,
Kierkegaard, Thoreau, D.H. Lawrence, and Annie Dillard.