Courses: Reading Sacred Texts: In Quest of the Human (RELGH128A01)

Fall 2014

Religions propose various ways of becoming "fully," "authentically," or "actually" human. Non-religious humanists often counter that religions are not needed to achieve one's humanity, or--in the worst case--positively undermine or destroy it. Taking Christianity as our test case, we'll examine this clash of perspectives and contemplate its implications through reading, discussing, and writing in response to four texts: Augustine's "Confessions", Feuerbach's "The Essence of Christianity", Kierkegaard's "Philosophical Fragments", and Nietzsche's "On the Genealogy of Morals". Small group writing tutorials will be an important component of the course.

Prerequisites: Open only ti first-year students as assigned by the Director of College Writing.

Fulfills: HU FW Limit:12


Haverford, Gest 102

Meeting Times

MW 11:30-1:00