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Jan Plan 2014
RE121 Catholic Church and Hollywood
Three credit hours. H. Campbell
Explores various ways in which the histories of the Catholic Church and Hollywood intersect: in the works of God/church-obsessed directors (e.g., Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood); in Hollywood's treatment of Catholic teachings and ritual and of pivotal moments in the Catholic community's history; and in the Catholic hierarchy's attempt to act as Hollywood's censor. Designed to increase students' understanding of Catholic history and culture; provide practice in the art of discussing controversial religious topics; refine students' writing through brief, focused essays on Catholic films; and prepare students to reach their own conclusions about Catholics and Hollywood.
RE277 Religious Responses to Harry Potter
Three credit hours. Pukkila
Close reading of the Harry Potter novels will uncover some of the religious and ethics that have contributed to the world of Hogwarts. Students will research the principal voiced in the discussion, develop an understanding of both Christian and contemporary Pagan religious expressions, and write their own evidence-based analysis of the question, what are the religious influences of the Harry Potter novels?
RE297 Religious Influences of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.
Three credit hours. U. Nelson
Examines the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the context of a significant interreligious exchange. The intellectual-activist relationships between King, Mahatma Gandhi, Howard Thurman, Malcolm X, and Abraham Joshua Heschel will be explored. The contemporary significance of their work and the relationship between mutual inspiration across religious lines and the pursuit of social change will be examined.
Jews and Muslims in Christian Thought
Three credit hours. Freidenreich