Religious Studies | Religions of the West
R152 | 26621 | J. Carr


The above courses carries A & H, CSA distribution. Meets the Western
Religious Tradition in the minor.
2nd 8 wk course.

Religions of the West is an introduction to Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam, and it seeks to provide a history of the development of
religious thought and practice in the West.  This course will focus
on these traditions in their American historical context.  It will
offer a brief introduction to the basic tenets of each tradition.
We will ask questions about how these groups form and understand
their own identities and their relationship to the American nation.
How do members of each tradition see themselves as part of American
culture?  How has each group established and institutionalized
itself?  How do they relate to the mainstream and to minority
cultures?  Do they see their own histories as integrated with or
separate from a larger American history?  Our objective is to
understand religion as changing over time, interacting with other
historical and socio-cultural influences, to think about and discuss
religion as a scholar, or in a non-religious way, and to practice
analytical thinking and writing. In addition to reading from the
textbook, primary sources, and academic articles, we will view
several films in class. We will ask questions about the practice and
representation of religion in these films.

Required text:
Corrigan, Denny, Eire, Jaffee. Jews, Christians, Muslims: A
Comparative Introduction to Monotheistic Religions.  Upper Saddle
River: Prentice Hall, 1998.  ISBN 0-02-325092-5.
And several articles posted to E-Reserves must be printed out.