Comparative Religion: Ph/Th: Fall 1998 Carol Ochs Mon. 12:20-1:40 Thurs.1:45-3:00 All religions, as insight into the common conditions of humanity, deal with our fundamental concerns. But they give different weight to the problems we face. We can enter into another religion and return to our own faith with "holy envy" and a determination to find that richness within our own tradition, or with a sense that this is an area in which we are in essential disagreement. We will explore how the five world religions we have chosen to study deal with: death, guilt, ethics, meaning, the things we can't control, the definition of the self, loneliness, otherness, aging etc. Mon. August 31 (at Kutz Camp) Introduction to the Course Thur. Sept. 3 Introduction to Hinduism, Brahamn and the Pit (7) Hindu view of life (9) Mon. Sept. 7 continued 10 selections from the Upanishads (20) Mon. Sept. 14 selections from the Bhagavad Gita (32) 17 Life Stages (45) September 21-October 6 no classes Thur. Oct. 8 I Am But a Seeker After Truth (52) Mon. Oct. 12 No Classes Shmini Atzeret 14 Intro to Buddhism (61) The Roar of Awakening (63) Buddhahood (65) Mon. Oct. 19 continued. Selections from Buddhist Scriptures Oct. 22 the Mahayana and the Ideal of the Bodhisattva (94) Mon. Oct. 26 continued. Buddhism as a way of Life (99) Oct. 29 Intro to Zen Buddhism (113) The Essence of Zen 117 Mon. Nov. 2 continued. Be Like a Frog (138) Nov. 5 Intro to Christianity (311) Ways of Being Religious in the New Testament (315) Mon. Nov. 9 Readings in the New Testament (319) Nov. 12 no class Mon. Nov. 16 continued Nov. 19 The Anguish of Being a Christian (338) Mon. Nov. 23 Seeds of Contemplation (350) Nov. 26 No Classes Thanksgiving Mon. Nov. 30 Intro to Islam (371) The Qur'anic Teaching (387) Dec. 3 continued; selections from the Koran (377) Mon. Dec. 7 Deliverance from Error (393) Dec. 10 The Originality of Sufism (399) Mon. Dec. 14 Moments of the Religious Life Dec. 17 LAST DAY OF CLASSES Required Text: Roger Eastman The Ways of Religion second edition Oxford University Press Reading assignments are to be read before the class in which they are listed. Requirements for the course are 5 short papers due after the religion has been studied and before completion of the next religion.