Listed in: Religion, as RELI-11
This course introduces students to the comparative study of religion by focusing on a major theme within two or more religious traditions. Traditions and topics will vary from year to year. In 2007-08, the major traditions will be Christianity and Buddhism and the theme will be religion and society. Through a range of classical and modern sources, we will explore ways in which religious traditions interact with the societies in which their participants are embedded, how the relationship between religion and society is reflected within the self-understanding of participants in religious traditions, and how this relationship can become a point of contention between parties inside and outside religious traditions. First semester. Professors Doran and Heim.