This advanced seminar treats the formation of Christinaity as an instituional power in relation to the Roman Empire. Starting with the Edict of Milan in 313 CE, which put an end to persectution of Christians, and closing with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE, which established normative Christian doctrine, we will move through this development in seven roughly chronological units.
Focused discussion of the history and methods of the study of religion via close readings of classical texts and narratives of the field from 1800-1900.
A survey of the historical development of the psychology of religion and its conversation with theology, comparative studies, gender studies, sociology, and anthropology. Topics include: mysticism, eroticism, conversion, feminism, psychobiography. Examples drawn from a variety of religious traditions. Readings include: Freud, Jung, Tillich, Erikson, Kristeva, Kakar.
Study and read classical Arabic texts with the goal of learning the material as well as the syntax and grammar of Arabic.
This course examines accounts of visions, comparing medieval and modern visionary techniques and processes and relating visionary writings to cultural and personal contexts. Includes some Christian theology along with other theoretical frameworks, but emphasis on praxis.