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ENRICH-0047 – Relig: Comparative World Religions (ENRICH-0047_WDRE)

Religion Matters: A Comparative Study of the World’s Great Religious Traditions

Religion matters. That is the motto of DU’s distinguished Department of Religious Studies. As faculty scholar-teachers who work in a great University dedicated to the public good, we believe thoughtful citizens, trying to negotiate the complex world in which we live, could do no better than to broaden their knowledge of the world's religious traditions. Religion and culture have always been inextricably intertwined. Now, global economics, communications, politics and travel compel us to acquire a more than passing acquaintance with the great traditions.

Join faculty members from the Department of Religious Studies for a six-week course that introduces Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each a specialist in one of the five traditions, the scholars will provide an historical perspective on the religion along with insight into its worldview, sacred texts and rituals. Because all are committed to a study of religion that includes both insider and outsider perspectives, students will gain an appreciation of “lived religion.” In the sixth and final session, all faculty come together for a comparative round-table facilitated by Professors Carl Raschke and Sandra Dixon, whose specialties are theory of religion and comparative studies. What do these five religious traditions have in common and how do they differ? What does it mean to “belong” to each observant culture? How can a better understanding of other religions make us better global citizens? Take the time to consider each of these great religious traditions thoughtfully and come away with a depth of historical, political and social understanding few are able to match.

Six sessions
Tue., 6:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 2017
Location: Room 2110, Ben Cherrington Hall, Sie International Relations Complex, DU Campus

Sandra Dixon, associate professor of psychology of religion; Ginni Ishimatsu, associate professor of Hindu Studies; Benjamin Nourse, assistant professor of Buddhist Studies; Carl Raschke, professor of the Philosophy of Religion/Religion and Theory; Gregory Robbins, chair and associate professor of Christianity and its Scriptures; Alison Schofield, associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Jewish Studies; Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic Studies.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 6Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $215


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday12th September 201712th September 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexGinette Ishimatsu
Tuesday19th September 201719th September 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexBenjamin Nourse
Tuesday26th September 201726th September 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexAlison Schofield
Tuesday3rd October 20173rd October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexGregory Robbins
Tuesday17th October 201717th October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexAndrea Stanton
Tuesday24th October 201724th October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSie ComplexCarl Raschke