HDS 2369

Religion, Ethics, and Politics: Key Texts of the Western Tradition

Mara Willard


Reading from Plato to Arendt, this introductory course will investigate major works that have shaped normative arrangements of religion, ethics, and politics in Europe, North America, and beyond. Throughout the term, we will be considering texts with disproportionate influence on religious and social institutions, including ideas of natural law and positive law, political and religious belonging, ecclesiastical and state or national citizenship, and the relationship among individual, faith community, and polity. We will consider a variety perspectives on the issue of "Who rules?," from patriarch, to the gods, and philosopher to the people. Throughout, we will attend to how ostensibly universal discourses implicitly and/or explicitly structure arrangements of gender, race, sexuality, and economic status-including slave, colonized, and master.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1445


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon Wed 10am-11am
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None