Gender, Purity, & Ritual
List things you find `clean' or `pure' Now, list some things you find `dirty' or `polluted' How do we decide what is pure or impure? How do religions organize our world?
What makes the man impure?
2001 - Introduction to World Religions
Perimeter College Online, Georgia State
University, Summer 2017
Professor Micah Lewin
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: By Appointment, in person or on WebEx in my WebEx
Online Office (Please Feel Free to Make an A
Name: Untitled Chill Vibes
Locations: Promenade (CAU), Spelman (Lower Manley and Front of Cosby),
and Woodruff Librarys outdoor area.
Time(s)/Shifts: 11-12pm, 12-1pm, and 1-2pm.
Details: Distribute 108 (36 x 3) compliments to the students of the AUC.
Introduction to Judaism
Structure of the Hebrew Bible
Traditionally know as Tanakh (which Christians call the Old
Includes the Pentateuch, or, the five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Understanding the Sacred
Eliade and Creation Myths
Mircea Eliade (1907-1986)
Theorist of religion
Specialized in creation stories
Perennialist: proposes that religions all share
something in common, an essential quality
What is shared in common?
RELS 2001: Introduction to World Religions
Fall 2016 CRN: 86006
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Andrew Lee
EMAIL: [email protected]
CLASS DAY/TIME: MW 5:30 6:45 PM
CLASS LOCATION: Langdale Hall 315
OFFICE HOURS: MW 4:30 5:00 PM
25 Park Place, 17th floor #1714
Creating Texts - Integration
Enuma Elish & R.R. Ruether
Enuma Elish, or when on
Rooted in other ancient Sumerian stories, but
utilized in celebrating the rise of Babylonian
civilization and its deity Marduk
Enuma Elish ~ 2000 BCE, an epic written o
Professor Andrew Lee
RELS 2001: Intro to World
Difficulties in Defining
Latin root: religio- complex etymology, can mean choose, go over
again, consider carefully, and bind or connect
fear and awe o
Running head: LEGALIZATION AND DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Legalization and Decriminalization of Marijuana
Department of Psychology
This paper will discuss the matter of legalization and Decriminaliza
What is religion?
religion is a cultural system integrating teachings, practices, modes of experience, institutions,
and artistic expressions that relates people to what they perceive to be transcendent.
Religion is a cultural (and symbolic
RELS 2001, Summer 2017
Professor Lewin, Perimeter College Online, Georgia State University
For the purposes of this observation paper, you will visit a local place of worship for a religious service outside of your own
WHAT RELIGIONS DO
Instead of focusing on what religion is , we might alternatively begin a study of
religions by asking what religions do.
This is the difference between a definitional or essentialist attempt to understand
religion on the one hand (the
Running head: ATTITUDE AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICS
Attitude and Knowledge about American Politics
Department of Psychology
ATTITUDE AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICS
This paper explores the r
Attitude V.S. Knowledge: American Politics
American Indian or Alaska Native (1)
Black or African American (3)
Hispanic or Latino (4)
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (5)
Other (Specify) (7)
rvation Paper Instructions
Observation Paper (18%): 5-6 double-spaced pages (~1250-1800 words), 1-inch margins,
12-point, standard font.
Due by Sunday, July 16that 11:59pm on iCollege.
For the purposes of this observation paper, you will visit a local pla
Drugs and Society
AUC Research Day Extra Credit
When I went to AUC Research Day there were a couple Graduate School and posters that
caught my eye. There was one specific poster that I had to stop and look at for a long time than
Review of Unit 4, Religion, War, & Violence
Christianity (Editors vs. Wink)
Just war theory Jus ad bellum (cause) and jus in bello (conduct) The Cow, conditions for war, fighting oppression Jihad = striving Bhagavad Gt, Arjuna, Krishna Varnas
Bhagavad Gt and Gandhi
Background and Context
"Song of our Lord" Epic Period (200 BCE 200 CE) 1st transmitted orally by bards (travelling story-tellers) for many years before it was written down in Sanskrit 6th section of the Mahabharata (18
Sodom & Helminiak
What is the story? What are the messages that you can take from it?
Homosexuality? Virginity? Rape? Gender oppression? Hospitality? Incest?
How do we read sacred texts?
Insider / emic
Narrative vs. message
Aquinas & Stout
The joy of sex context
1. _ sex is wrong.
A) Forced; B) Anal; C) Masturbation; D) Protected; E) Same Answer: all of the above
2. Which kind of sex is worse?
Aquinas (1225-1274), Summa Theologica
First major `system
Hinduism and Buddhism
Manusmriti (Laws of Manu)
Smrti "that which is remembered" 200 BCE-200 CE Manu a sage
Created by the gods thousands of years ago Survived a great flood in an ark that he built All currently living people are descendents
Islam, gender, & hijab
Sources of information.
What do we know about Muslims? How do we come to know these things? Sources:
Media portrayals Academic sources Interaction
Are these sources portraying Muslims the same way?
Emic / etic Different audien
Lilith & Eve
Background to Jewish texts
Layers of texts
Torah (first 5 books) Bible ("Tanak", "Written Torah") Rabbinic Literature ("Oral Torah")
Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash (broadest term)
Approach to the texts
Jewish literature is inverse pyramid Bible
Mary Daly, Exorcising evil.
Christian theologian, feminist theology Professor, Boston College Strong opinions, divisive to some
"If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this
What would who do?
Christian theology frames both articles journal
Richard Neuhaus, David Novak Seminary professor, New Testament, "myth of redemptive violence"
What would Jesus do?
Editors' response Wink's response?
Islam, War, Violence
Mecca (Saudi Arabia) Muhammad (570-632 CE)
Prophet, not deity no images Revealed to Muhammad Written after his death Spain to India by 800 CE
Sacred Texts of Islam
Qur'an (650 CE)
Do creation stories matter today?
Relationship between science and religion is settled, right? The stories, although in conflict with one another, still today hold authority for religious individuals
Mircea Eliade (1907-1986)
Gnostic Gospels, Pagels
Early Christian texts
How the New Testament scriptures (Canon) were decided: Emic understanding: Jesus of Nazareth traveled and taught across ancient Palestine for three years before being put to death by the Roman empire; everyo
Hindu approach to suffering
Parade of Ants
Stories of gods, heroes, etc. (400 BCE-400 CE) They include Garuda asking Vishnu about what to do with the dead and dying. Not about questioning God More mechanistic, actions, not a focus on