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Apocalyptic Religion in Cross-Cultural Perspective
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
An examination of millennial and “end-time” beliefs in a variety of cultures and religions around the world. Attention given to Jewish and Christian texts, as well as Native American traditions, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian religious movements, and modern manifestations such as Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate, Waco, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the Isis apocalypse. Includes a general consideration of religious violence in apocalyptic movements, as well as an exploration of how groups react to the failure of the apocalypse to occur.
Introductory course; no background required.
Preparation of the weekly readings; active participation in the seminar discussions; two short papers on the readings; one longer paper on a topic of the student’s own choice.
Participation in the class discussion; performance on the three papers.