Apocalyptic Religion in Cross-Cultural Perspective

RLST802
Spring 2017
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area V
MDIV Requirements: 
Non-Christian Religion
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

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.

Background Expected: 

Introductory course; no background required.

Course Requirements: 

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.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation in the class discussion; performance on the three papers.