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RLST - Religious Studies

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* RLST 170 The Religious Quest

[formerly PHIL 105 The Religious Quest]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Explores humanity’s rich accumulation of thought, art, and writings from religious traditions around the world.  Rooted in critical thinking, coursework compares and contrasts Daoist, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Confucian, Jewish, Pagan, Jian, Sikh, and Christian traditions, with an eye to exploring and re-envisioning our own spiritual journey.


RLST 245 Christianity

[formerly PHIL 250 Christianity]

3 cr.  Examines the Christian tradition in a comparative and critical manner via such topics as the life of Jesus, historic development, scripture (including interpretations and translations), ethics, theology, church divisions, saints and exemplars around the world, heretics, ritual, art and music, and contemporary movements.



RLST 303 Greek and Roman Mythology

[formerly PHIL 303 Classical Mythology]

3 cr. (F)  Examines Greek and Roman mythology principally through the major Greek and Roman authors, typically Homer, Apollonius, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, and Ovid.  The myths are analyzed from a variety of perspectives, such as philosophical, religious, historical, social, anthropological, and literary.  The course considers the influence of the myths on the fine arts, especially later literature.


RLST 304 Mythology Around the World

[formerly PHIL 304 Global Mythology]

3 cr. (Sp)  Invites students to ponder myths that shape our own lives and compare ancient myths with contemporary answers to age-old questions.  From Asia and the Americas to Europe and Oceana, this course considers recurring themes in mythology, such as sex and gender equality, good and evil, nature and our relations with nonhuman animals, the gods and creation, and death and salvation.  Interactive and rooted in critical thinking, students will examine myths in light of subjects such as philosophy, religion, history, psychology, anthropology, cultural similarity, and cultural difference.