Religious Studies

Upcoming Courses


Leading scholar of world mythology and comparative religion Joseph Campbell made the formerly esoteric subject of mythology relevant for ordinary people like us. For Campbell, all of the hero's stories are our stories, designed to impart crucial wisdom about the challenges, sacrifices, and transformations we all undergo on our journey from childhood dependence to autonomy and self-actualization. Join us as we trace the 17 stages of the monomyth outlined in Campbell's classic 'The Hero With a Thousand Faces' and find their relevance in our own lives.

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Moral disagreements are tearing the fabric of American society apart. In this series, David Smith will provide an overview of moral theories in circulation today, including relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, divine command theory, and virtue theory, and he will apply these theories to abortion, war, end-of-life questions, and gun control. Lectures will include commentary on both the ethical and legal aspects of these issues.

Wednesdays; 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08 & 2/15, Synchronous Online
Ever since Copernicus proposed that the earth revolves around the sun, science and religion have sometimes found themselves at odds. This course will explore some of the key developments, discoveries, theories, and philosophical viewpoints of science and how they may or may not relate to religious faith in the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as other faith traditions.

Tuesdays; 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 & 4/4, TBD - UR Campus
Come and learn about this unusual 212-year-old church, probably the earliest, independent, ongoing church founded by Blacks in the South, emphasizing their remarkable work in offering a place of worship; providing education even before slavery; and promoting political activity. Students would benefit from reading Dr. Dance's book, 'Land of the Free. . . Negroes: A Historical Novel' prior to class.

Monday 5/8, TBD - UR Campus
The presentation will focus on the background and history of the Camino de Santiago and the preparation involved to hike it.

December 12, GOTW, Auditorium Room A001