Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Religion and Violence (3 cr)
REL-R 152 Jews, Christians, Muslims #27861
1st 8 weeks
GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC
This course is an introduction to what is known as “religions of the west” a category that includes Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the relationship between religion and violence in these traditions. This will include a review of the basic tenets, theologies, and literatures of the three religions in question, paying attention to the problems endemic to comparative analysis and the ways in which each religion creates and recreates itself in light of and in opposition to the other two.
The issue of religion and violence will occupy a good deal of our attention. Are these three religions prone to violence? Why do these religions become violent? How are we to understand the claim of each religion that they that seek peace? How does each religion understand co-existence? How has each absorbed modernity and religious pluralism? How has each absorbed the realm of the political and the secularization of modern society? These are some of the questions we will grapple with throughout the semester.