RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION 8
KATIE LAWSON

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OVERVIEW

The focus of winter trimester humanities classes is on approaching issues and ideas from different perspectives--deepening one's appreciation for the roots and branches of familiar points of view, and seeking an understanding of different ways of observing, understanding and acting.  

Religious Expression:  Why are we here?  What does it mean to be human, to be alive?  What happens when we die?  What does it mean to be a good person, a moral person?  Throughout the ages people have come together in religious communities to explore these questions.  This class offers an introduction to the essential purpose of religion and the ways that it is expressed throughout the world.  We will explore the intersection between religious perspectives and the ways in which they are expressed through politics.  We will take a closer look at the concept of freedom of religious expression in this country and its limits. We will note the role religion has played both in conflict and in creating an improved social condition.