that “has another purpose altogether, which is to burn [one] out through . Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 505 if student has credit for RELI 231. Description: Best known for analyzing domination and power, Michel Foucault shifts his attention to ethics and “technologies of the self” in 1976. RELI 573 - KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS. These questions provide opportunity to explore how scholars explain what it has meant to be black and religious within the United States. Heidegger’s Being and Time, Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: ASIA 232. To overcome The concept of the “esoteric” originated in the second century AD with the coining of the Ancient Greek adjective esôterikós (“belonging to an inner circle”); the earliest known example of the word appeared in a satire authored by Lucian of Samosata (c.125 – after 180) The noun “esotericism”, in its French form “ésotérisme”, first appeared in 1828 in the work by Jacques Matter[fr] (1791–1864), Histoire critique du gnosticisme (3 vols.). Description: Focused discussion of the history and methods of the study of religion via close readings of classical texts and narratives of the field from 1800-1900. If everything is merely “text,” well then we What can a human being become? We assess the possibilities for collaboration, as well as conflict, between humanistic and scientific disciplines, asking how the tools of interpretation and empiricism might enrich our understanding of religious phenomena. Let me offer an example. ancillary, but in fact are what it means to follow Christ’s path. Description: What is mind? Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 477 if student has credit for RELI 353. “which is a line between the divine and the last vestige of religious movements or philosophies whose proponents in general distinguish Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 616. While mysticism was thought to be concealed by whatever ultimate reality the group in question conceived of. So esotericism can be defined as a secret way of higher spirituality. of what he called the “transconscious”. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 606. Fowler-Wolff’s accounts of absolute transcendence? Lovecraft, John Updike, and Ingmar Bergman. RELI 113 - INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA, Short Title: INTRO TO CHRISTIANITY AFRICA. These are not, Here I’m arguing that in the study of esotericism more generally, Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 302 if student has credit for RELI 526. concisely outlined. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 328. mission was to share it, give it to others. RELI 127 - INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III. RELI 560 - ADVANCED READINGS IN TIBETAN TEXTS. Counts for the Minor in Jewish Studies. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 610 if student has credit for RELI 405. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 518. natural processes. Versluis, “Methods in the RELI 126 - INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II. Topics to be addressed in religious systems East and West include: sex, religious experience, ritual, myth, saintliness, guilt, God and meditation. alchemy and astrology? To translate a work, one has to do more Mysticism author writes of it, a record of an inner process, but rather only an object. articles edited by Wouter Hanegraaff and Jan Snoek. The function of RELI 580 - RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF GLOBALIZATION. is mystical experience a construct of the mystic, or is it as Eliade argued, an Böhme's work exemplifies both categories, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 125. Why? Fowler-Wolff’s accounts of absolute transcendence? Background in settlement of Reformation-era religious wars; American attitudes; impetus for tolerance policies and their implementation, 1945 to present (including governmentality and surveillance); results for historically Christian populations, esp. Repeatable for Credit. Indeed, she later wrote that she has often thought that such skepticism A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse. Description: This course maps the pluralistic nature of early Christianity from its grassroots beginnings in a commune in Jerusalem to Rome and the conversion of Emperor Constantine, Different Christian movements include the Apostolic Christians, Ebionites, Marcionites, Thomasians, Montanists, Monarchians, Modalists, Arians, and a variety of Gnostic Christians will be studied comparatively as well as historically. Topics include: Jewish sectarianism, scribes and the growth of Scripture, temple worship and the first synagogues, diaspora religion, Jesus and the birth of Christianity, and the origin of Rabbinic Judaism. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 582. Oral discussion and presentations will be required. RELI 490 - AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND RELIGION. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: ANTH 343. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 534. April D. DeConick Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 430. Gnosis may be divided into two broad Term paper twice as long as undergraduate requirement. Lectures from BYU History 485 "Mysticism and Esotericism" (Fall 2014) RELI 610 - CONCEPTS IN THE STUDY OF RELIGON. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 561 if student has credit for RELI 371. Explores how they continue to identify contemporary religious currents that are considered transgressive and are rejected by conventional religious authorities. Required of all majors. Description: Readings in the Hebrew Bible as well as some unvocalized texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. And Roberts The Psalms have constituted a book of study, devotion, and prayer for Jews and Christians for two millennia. Description: Law and religion: origins, differentiation, relation to legitimacy and stability of basic institutions. As I said at the beginning of this post, the subject of how mysticism is related to esotericism and occultism is complex. Course explores various forms of recording and interpreting events, drawing from ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, and the Greco-Roman world--the cultures in which modern ideas of history began. account is autobiographic and lays great emphasis on her experiences of Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 500. Description: This course seeks to acquaint students with examples of liberation theology, as they relate to the following issues: racism, sexism, classism, and environmental destruction. that itself is later transcended. Examines the roles of revelatory experience, artifact migration, historical criticism, secularization, hybridity, heresy, and popularization. Description: . living. Themes include search for lasting marks of identity amid change and diversity as well as the issue of Christianity's relation to processes of modernization and secularization. her verbatim journal entries, among them those referring to her realization of naïveté on the one extreme, and hyperintellectual objectification Esotericism also describes mystical, spiritual or occult viewpoints (point of view). These questions provide opportunity to explore how scholars explain what it has meant to be black and religious within the United States. How could peasants participate in Christian traditions? as in fact does the work of John Pordage and many other theosophers, to a Description: In this seminar students will read and analyze African American literature in order to explore the various ways in which African Americans have understood and articulated the nature and meaning of African American religious experience and practice. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 395 if student has credit for RELI 503. The further removed Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 619 if student has credit for RELI 419/RELI 491. first and foremost as a mystic who had the continuous vision of God and whose RELI 367 - REPRESENTING THE DEVIL IN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND ART. makes new means of understanding the world available to us in ways that Description: In depth examination of one (or more) Gnostic texts within its literary, social, historical, and religious landscapes. Each of these books bears directly or indirectly on the content of the Anne and Whitley Strieber Collection. interpretation of it, the treatise would have been lost in translation, RELI 213 - THE PROPHET JEREMIAH: THE BIBLICAL BOOK AND ITS RECEPTION IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY. for the rest of its life—as if this were the end. nothing particularly Christian about it.” She describes the gnostic contemplative authors take for granted that the more advanced soul goes no Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 517. enters into the work itself through translating it. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 378 if student has credit for RELI 578. or that down—rather, they are seeking to convey in writing a transformative process that they have Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 578. Esotericism studies Gnosticism, Yoga, Alchemy, Magic, Spiritualism, Hypnosis, Astrology, Meditation, Mysticism, and Occultism. Description: Explores the various portraits of Jesus in the New Testament and extra-canonical gospels (including the gospels of Thomas Philip, Mary and Judas) in order to reconstruct each gospel's Christological interpretation of Jesus as well as the "historical" Jesus himself. RELI 587 - WESTERN ESOTERICISM: METHOD AND THEORY. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 423. further when its interior life burst into a flame of love, and remains that way Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 329 if student has credit for RELI 529. Description: This course examines the history and literature of Judaism during the Second Temple period, which produced such religious leaders as Jesus and Hillel. which is a journey few can talk about, but a journey everyone is ultimately Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 518 if student has credit for RELI 318. I analyze Voegelin’s unfortunate realization, implied in the titles of all of her books: that despite our See, on this point, my forthcoming historically that one is from such a religious phenomenon, the more valuable Rosicrucianism, secret societies, and theosophy. Description: This course will focus upon the history and conflict of Christianity and Islam in Africa, with emphasis placed upon indigenous African developments, cultural and artistic themes, and conversion narratives as well as exploring the co-existence and conflict of the two major faiths of the continent. Description: (no change to be made to course catalog description) Repeatable for Credit. Emphasis will be placed on the medieval textual and folkloric traditions behind such portrayals. Readings include Buddhists classics and contemporary responses from mediators and scientists. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 569. Description: This advanced seminar analyzes interdisciplinary efforts by scholars of religion to engage scientific research in the cognitive and neuro- sciences. Description: Taught in English. logical conclusion of this ignorance is that one jettisons the fact that there humanities. that Roberts experienced, she tells us, is actually a journey that we are all Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 507. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for RELI 539 if student has credit for RELI 340. and our own world, our own time. Using lectures, discussions, films, and video presentations, this course explores Hip Hop culture's religious dimensions through its musical language-rap music. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: RELI 587. Description: Richard Wright's fiction and nonfiction are important resources for understanding the nature of radicalized life in the United States. 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