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Fall 2018

Survey of Bible in historical context.


103.001

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Collaborative Teaching & Learn 130

  • Type: Lecture

Introduction to major living world religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Meets New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (NMCCN 1113).


107.001

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Time/s: MWF 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Woodward Lecture Hall 101

  • Type: Lecture

107.002

Instructor: ,

  • Canceled by department 5/09/2018.
  • Type: Lecture

107.006

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Online Class

107.008

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online Class

107.009

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online Class

107.010

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Online Class

Pentateuch and the historical books of the Old Testament. {Fall}


230.002

Instructor: Todd, Judith
Online Class

New Testament and early Christian history.


232.002

Instructor: ,

  • Canceled by department 8/17/2018.
  • Type: Lecture

A study of major Asian traditions, such as Taoism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Meets New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (NMCCN 1213). {Fall}


263.001

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online Class

263.003

Instructor: Shetiya, Vibha
Online Class

263.004

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online Class

A study of major Western traditions, such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Meets New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (NMCCN 1223). {Spring}


264.001

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Time/s: MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 226

  • Type: Lecture

264.003

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online Class

(Also offered as AFST 303) Students will be introduced to the Black experience, which necessitates the redefinition of God and Jesus Christ in the lives of Black people as the struggle for transcendental and political freedom.


303.001

Instructor: ,

  • Canceled by department 7/03/2018.
  • Type: Lecture

An introduction to the origin and development of mystical aspects of Islam, commonly known as Sufism. The course examines themes such as Sufism vis-à-vis Islamic orthodoxy, mystical experience, the literary heritage of Sufism, Sufi organizations.


314.001

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: R.O. Anderson Grad Sch of Mgmt 128

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as HIST 326/526) The history of Christianity from its beginnings in Palestine to the eve of the Protestant Reformation. Primary focus will be on the rich variety of forms-doctrinal, liturgical and institutional-that Christianity assumed through the Medieval centuries. Also of concern will be its contributions and significance as a civilizing force. {Fall}


326.001

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Mitchell Hall 102

  • Type: Lecture

Studies in major religious figures or movements. Topic varies.


347.001 T: Apocalypse in the Anct Wrld

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 229

Apocalypse is a fascinating genre which is famous for its strange images, cryptic messages, and predictions of future events. In Apocalypse in the Ancient World, we will examine the development of the genre of apocalypse, starting in Second Temple Judaism and moving on into early Christianity. After discussing the cultural and literary topoi of the apocalypse, we will read a number of apocalypses, including the two included in the Bible (Daniel and Revelation) as well as other well-known apocalypses such as the Book of Enoch. We will study the symbolism, message, and meaning of each to ascertain what they meant to their original readers and what they might mean today. After tracing the development of the genre through early Christianity, we will conclude the course by examining the ongoing legacy of apocalypticism in our world today.
  • Type: Topics

347.002 T: Atheism: Trends & Critiques

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Time/s: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Mitchell Hall 214

This class is designed to survey some classical and contemporary currents in Atheism.  We will start by looking at different definitions of and types of Atheism, as well as current demographic and psychological profiles of atheists.  Then, we will look at some of the key atheistic critiques of arguments for  the existence of God, including critical discussions (with theistic responses) of the Argument from Design and the Ontological Argument.  We will also investigate a few influential atheistic explanations of religious belief, and evaluate the merits and demerits of those approaches.  Although the course will be primarily concerned with atheistic critiques of the Western monotheistic traditions, a few brief forays into some non-Western traditions will be included.
  • Type: Topics

347.003 T: Buddhist Philosophy

Instructor: Harter, Pierre-Julien
Time/s: MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Collaborative Teaching & Learn 230

  • Type: Topics

347.004 T: Biblical Law

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Time/s: MWF 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 126

In this class we will engage in a detailed study of biblical law, familiarizing ourselves with each of the biblical legal collections and considering what their significance was within their original context and how they related to actual legal practice in ancient Israel. We will also discuss how Jesus and Paul viewed biblical law and why they viewed it that way, the influence that biblical law has had in shaping contemporary U.S. law, and the role it has played in recent debates about issues such as immigration reform, gay marriage, and the death penalty.
  • Type: Topics

347.005 T: Introduction to Buddhism

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Education 204

This class is a historical survey of Buddhist practices, beliefs, institutions, and figures from the time of the historical Buddha through to the contemporary period. Approximately half the semester will focus on early and Theravada Buddhism through a close study of Buddhist scriptures from the Pali Canon and an examination of archaeological evidence from early India; the rest of the semester briefly considers Mahayana (Zen and Pure Land), followed by an in-depth examination of an ethnography of a Tibetan Buddhist community in Nepal. Readings include both primary sources in translation and scholarly literature; classes are a combination of powerpoint lectures and discussion, with the occasional film.
  • Type: Topics

347.006 T: (Non) Violence and Religion

Instructor: ,

Religions are justly famed for the value their adherents have placed on the concept of nonviolence and peace. Yet throughout history, they have just as often praised violence in the form of individual acts of sacrifice or martyrdom or collective wars or riots targeting members of other religions. This class explores the relationship between violence and nonviolence in scriptures, rituals, and ethical thought. Approximately two-thirds of the semester will focus on religions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam), with comparative interludes drawn from sources including ancient Greek, early Christian, and contemporary American religious traditions. 
  • Canceled by department 8/17/2018.
  • Type: Topics

347.007 T: Pol Islam Past & Present

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Time/s: TR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 227

  • Type: Topics

347.008 T: Religion & Gender in the US

Instructor: Bridgers, Lynn
Time/s: TR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 126

This course has three interrelated foci to study the impact of gender on religious beliefs and practices in the context of the contemporary United States, to explore the influence and effect of feminism, women’s studies and gender studies in the academic study of religion, and to assess current gender issues within diverse religious traditions. Readings include both descriptive analytical studies by scholars of religion and theoretical, constructive work by religious thinkers and theologians. Attention is given to both fundamentalist constructions of gender and resistance to gender norms within religious traditions. Traditions explored include Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Native American belief systems.
  • Type: Topics

347.009 T: Postmodernism and Religion

Instructor: ,

This course examines important postmodernist texts to gain a fundamental grasp of the of the different styles, concepts, and arguments of the various types of postmodernism. Our readings from come from a rich variety of postmodernists:Lyotard, Jameson, Vattimo, Hassan, Baudrillard, Foucault, Jencks, Laclau, Gorz, Habermas, Nancy Frazer and Linda Nicholson. We will explore the differences between modernism and postmodernism in general. We will study the different attitudes and approaches of modernists and postmodernist to religion. We will consider the future of religion in a postmodernist era.
  • Canceled by department 8/22/2018.
  • Type: Topics

347.010 T: Curanderismo Part 1

Instructor: Torres, Eliseo
Online Class

347.011 T: Celluloid Buddhas

Instructor: Dever, Susan
Time/s: F 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Cons for Env Rsrch, Info & Art 365

  • Type: Topics

347.012 T: Mormons & American Identity

Instructor: ,

  • Canceled by department 8/29/2018.
  • Type: Topics

An introduction exploring relationships between the literary and religious traditions. {Fall}


350.001

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online Class

350.002

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online Class

(Also offered as HIST 441) This class will cover the rise and development of the nation's religious groups, from first contact to the present day. The focus will be on the social impact of the groups and how they influenced the development of American life.


441.001

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Time/s: TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Mitchell Hall 221

  • Type: Seminar

(Also offered as COMP, HIST, PHIL, POLS 453) Supervised research in one or more disciplines leading to an undergraduate thesis for the major in Asian Studies.


453.001

Instructor: Brau, Lorna
Location:

  • Type: Independent Study

Topics in the literary and historical analysis of Biblical texts. Prerequisite: 230 or 231 or 232.


463.001 Sem: Theology of Paul

Instructor: ,

The course will study the theological contents of the letters of Paul against the background of the developing early Christian communities. The writings of Paul include some of the most important documents of the Christian tradition. The focus of this course will be on the Letter to the Romans, which offers a key to the overall thought of the apostle. Our main text (Dunn) will give us an up-to-date survey ofcurrent interpretations of Paul’s thinking as it follows the structure of Romans. The Conzelmann and Lindemann text provides us needed historical background information. The Sanders text offers us a concise introduction to Paul.

  • Canceled by department 8/17/2018.
  • Type: Seminar

Restriction: permission of program chairperson.


497.001

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel

  • Type: Seminar

497.002

Instructor: Bussanich, John

  • Type: Seminar

497.003

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.004

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.005

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.006

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.008

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.009

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.010

Instructor: Bridgers, Lynn
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.011

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Location:

  • Type: Seminar