Abelard: Dialogue: Dialogue – better and more complete translation
Hildegard of Bingen, background, illustrations
Hildegard: Divine Works; alternative link
Rudolf von Ems, Der guote Gerhart: Rudolf von Ems, Der guote Gerhart (an expression of tolerance in the Middle Ages)
Boccaccio: Decameron, 1st day, stories 2-3, 10th day, story 9 (Jews, Christians, and Muslims)
Martin Luther: 95 Theses, and many others (Protestant Reformation)
Angelus Silesius (A Baroque Mystic)
Lessing: Lessing: Nathan the Wise (Enlightenment). Alternative link
Friedrich Nietzsche, God is Dead (Anti-Enlightenment, “The Parable of the Madman”)
A selection of quotes by Nietzsche
Karl Marx, Tyler and Frazer, Sigmund Freud, Emil Durkheimer, et al.
We read on Marx and Engels, this text selection
Karl Barth, The Humanity of God (Twentieth Century)
Declaration of Religious Freedom, Vatican II: Dignitatis
You must attend at least 10 out of 12 chatroom meetings, otherwise loss of points. Only 9 meetings: – minus 10 pts, only 8 meetings, – minus 20, only 7, – minus 30, only 6 – minus 50, only 5 meetings: you failed the course. Always read the assigned texts before our chatroom meetings.
Syllabus for the Online Course (Summer II 2019)
July 7: First day of class: Introduction, read the survey online Wikipedia (history of religion in Germany)
Then, take a look at some of the public statements published by representatives of Religious departments across the country:
Swarthmore: Why study religion?
UC Davis: https://religions.ucdavis.edu/about/why-study-religion
William A. Graham (Harvard): https://bulletin.hds.harvard.edu/articles/summerautumn2012/why-study-religion-twenty-first-century
July 8: 8 p.m (always the same time). chatroom meeting 1: please have read Emily Amt’s intro to the Middle Ages (we focus only on the religious aspects, so: history of the Christian church, Jews, Muslims)
July 10: chatroom meeting 2; Hildegard of Bingen, intro, and Divine Works
July 12: chatroom meeting 3: cont. Hildegard
July 15: chatroom meeting 4: Rudolf von Ems, The Good Gerhard (only pp. 29 to 40)
July 17: chatroom meeting 5; Rudolf von Ems, pp. 41-69
July 19: chatroom meeting 6; 1st essay due online 5 p.m.; Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther, 95 Theses (selection tba)
July 22: chatroom meeting 7; cont. with Martin Luther: 1. background, protest against the Church, Wycliffe and Hus, then the 95 theses
July 24: chatroom meeting 8; Angelus Silesius
July 28: chatroom meeting 9: Lessing, Acts 1-3
July 29: 2nd essay due online 5 p.m.; chatroom meeting 10: Lessing Acts 4-5
Aug. 01 (Thursday): chatroom meeting 11: Friedrich Nietzsche, “God is Dead””; Karl Marx
Aug. 04: I will hand out the questions for the final
Aug. 05: chatroom meeting 11; Sigmund Freud and Emil Durkheimer I think it will be enough if we focus on Barth only today. This is the last chat.
Aug. 06: Karl Barth, The Humanity of God (please read on your own)
Aug. 07: last day of class, final exam is due online: 12 p.m.; last meeting, we can meet in person, individually, or as a group, in my office, LSB 318
Possible Changes: The information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policies, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.