Religious Studies 234
Mr. Dickey
Winter 2006
Office: 4123 Humanities
Abbreviated Syllabus [FOR A REVISED TABLE OF CONTENTS, CLICK HERE]

 

Introduction: Talking About God

        a. Religion and Subjectivity

               Saint Paul and Flaubert

        b. Ways of Talking about the Divine-Human Relationship

               Nygren and Dunn

               Pannenberg on Hegel and Feuerbach

Part I. Themes in the Modem Understanding of Religion

        A. Projectionism

               Vico and Wolf

               Fontenelle and Manuel on Fontenelle

                Feuerbach

               Voegelin on Feuerbach

        B. Role-Model Gods and Ethical Religion

               Introduction              

               a. Ethical Religion in Otto and Cassirer

               b. From Homer to Cicero: Moralised Gods and Progressive Paganism

               c. Hegel: The Force of a Parallelism Between Ancient and Modem Religion

        1. Xenophanes to Plato

               a. Purifying the Gods (Veyne)

               b. The Break with Myth

                       Jaeger and Voegelin

               c. Socratism: God, Teleology and Ethics (Jaeger)

               d. Role Model Gods in Plato's Republic

        2. The idea of the soul

               Pindar

               Burkert

               Jaeger

        C. What is Atheism?

                Introduction

                       Bacon

                       Prodicus (Guthrie and Henrichs)

        1. The Attack on Role Model Gods

               Bayle

               Feuerbach

        2. Huffle on Atheism and the Civilizing Process

         3. Responses to Atheism

                Shaftesbury

               Williams

Simmel

Part Two. Thinking about Religion Historically

       Introduction

               a. Miracles and Modem Minds

               b. Talking About the Resurrection

                      Pannenberg

                      Sanders

        1. No Miraculous Beginnings

               Pelikan

               Reimarus         

               Tübingen School

               Robertson Smith

        2. Miracles and Liberal Protestantism

               Troeltsch

        3. Troeltsch and the Crisis of 20th Century Theology

               Overbeck and Barth

               Gogarten and Bultmann

               Löwith

Part Three. Humanizing Christianity

        Introduction: Revisiting Ethical Religion

        1. Cassirer

        2. Barth