LINKS FOR REL 103
For the 4 HB
Common Readings and their Reading Guides,
1. Genesis 1-3; and
2. Phyllis Trible: Genesis 2-3 re-read.]
3. The Sermon of the Buddha at Benares;
4. Mark's Gospel;
Use the links at: Reading
Each reading guide tells you what sort of report to do on the
READINGS -- associated with specific
chapters in the main text:
In the Presence of Mystery [See
below for the links]
Where there are two readings listed below for a single chapter, you
have the option of reading both of them and counting them for two of the
"readings" you must do for the course.
General instructions on how to report on
these reading guides.
1. Summarize the main argument or line of thought in the reading.
Include specific claims in the reading to
illustrate your general statements.
2. Indicate specifically how the reading may illustrate some
of the relevant chapter in the main text book.
With Ch. 1: on primitive
religion and culture
Werner, Amazon Journey: on the Mekranoti
With Ch. 2: religious and non-religious
explanations of religion
Freud: skeptical comments from The Future of an Illusion
explanation that is sympathetic to religion
With Ch. 3: examples of the
search for the single Ultimate
Hindu Tradition: from the Rig Vega and Upanishads
and the Tao
Te Ching, two passages
With Ch. 5: examples of a
variety of Judaeo-Christian ideas:
Death: from Deuteronomy, Daniel, Revelation, and I Corinthians
or two moderns in
Lewis and Julian Huxley on the purpose of earthly life
With Ch. 8: two brief readings:
Summary and "On
Different Types of Morality"
With Ch. 9: a reading from
Islam on the danger of innovation:
With Ch. 11: 5 'proofs'
for God's existence; or a justification for faith
Aquinas, Summa Theologica
William James, "The Will to Believe
With. Ch. 12: an example of a
person moving from faith to agnosticism.
excerpt from a letter
Ch. 13: a leading 20th century atheist explains his position
"Existentialism is a Humanism."
Ch. 15: a pastor and educator describing stages of faith
Fowler on "Faith development."