After the successful completion of the course, student will be able to a. fully understand the contemporary environmental issues, and b. participate in discussions regarding the relationship of world religions and the environment, as well as their contribution to the management of the current environmental crisis.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course presents the relation of various world religions to the natural environment through time, from the ancient to the modern world. Additionally, a range of contemporary environmental issues is discussed.
1. Religion and the natural environment. 2. Religions for the environment. 3. East Mediterranean religions I (Ancient Greek and Roman relition). 4. East Mediterranean religions II (Asia Minor, Balkan peninsula, Black Sea religions). 5. Judaism. 6. Cultures of Mesopotamia (Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians). 7. Eastern relitions I (Vedism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddism). 8. Eastern religions II (Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism). 9. Sub-saharian cultures, American Indians, Aboriginals. 10. Islam. 11. Contemporary issues of religion and ecology. 12. International environmental movements - Sustainable development. Connection to world religions. 13. Paper presentations.