(F) The course examines the role of religion in moral formation and community service (service to society by self-defined groups). Primary attention is given to the wisdom and prophetic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Issues of social justice are a central point of focus, and limited attention is given to contemporary figures in whose voices are heard echoes of the prophetic traditions. Students develop the ability to interpret sacred texts of these religions in relation to the social location of the ancient audiences as well as their own. To this end, a service learning project is required of all students. On the basis of the service experience and directed reflection upon it (individual and collective reflective), students will critically examine the role of religion in shaping conceptions of justice for individuals and communities.
- Instructor: David Miller