Arguably the world's most ancient contemporary religion, tracing its roots back at least 4000 years, Hinduism is also the world's third largest faith in practice today. It is an increasing segment of the American religious landscape, and many non-Hindu practitioners have found in its beliefs and spiritual disciplines that resonate with their own.
This course will provide an introductory survey of the Hindu faith, examining its history, theology, sacred texts, spiritual practices, social organization, and traditions. Its basic methodology will be theological, beginning at the earliest phases of the religion and moving forward, but also topical, grouping together important themes that run throughout the faith.
$20 pledgers, $25 non-pledgers for materials / scholarships available
Meets Thursdays November 8 - December 6, with no class on November 22