Summer 2024 - HUM 204 B100

Great Religious Texts (3)

Class Number: 4764

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    HUM 130 (HUM 230 prior to 2007) is recommended.



A study of some of the key works which have had a formative influence on major religious traditions. Primary texts will be selected to illustrate core elements in the religious understanding of human life and its relationship to the sacred. Breadth-Humanities.


This course will explore the power of writing, and particularly the importance of texts in the world’s major religious traditions. We will begin with an exploration of the origin of the written word, the development of sacred cannons, and then discuss the range of critical and interpretive frameworks used to understand the origin and meaning of sacred texts. We will then move into a consideration of primary texts from ancient religion, Abrahamic traditions, Dharmic traditions and several North American new religious movements. Students will be encouraged to consider the role of writing in their own lives and interpret and compare several of the texts covered in this course.



This is a closed class, and only used for directed reading purposes this term.

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