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Aliens, Strangers, & Zombies

T. Foley, Zamir

An exploration of how voices in various religious traditions have - or have not - expressed the self's problem of alienation as it is experience in relation to body, family, community, social location, "strangers", one's own self and one's higher purpose (e.g., God, spirit, one's true self, Buddha nature, etc.)  The course will draw from modern and contemporary sources of popular culture as well as historical sources from several major religious traditions, including Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.  The course will pay special attention to how the forces of modernity (e.g., democracy, imperialism, instrumentalism, capitalism) have either introduced or intensified individual alienation, thus forcing religious traditions to adapt.

Fulfills a requirement in the Religious Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.