Religion and the Life Cycle

Course Schedule

 

 Topics

Due for the day on which they are listed

 

Readings/Assignments

Readings due for the day on which they are listed

 

 

 

 

Religious Dimensions of Human Experience

 

 

William James

Week One

Aug 28:  Introduction to the Course

What is Religion?

 

Aug 30:  Religious Experience”

 

 

Š      William James, Circumscription of the Topic [BB] [SRQ01]

Sept 01:  (continued)

 

 

 

Paul Tillich

Week Two

Sept 04:  No class (Labor Day)

 

Sept 06: Faith and Ultimate Concern

 

Š      Paul Tillich,  What Faith Is [BB] [SRQ02]

Sept 08: (continued)

 

 

 

David Tracy

Week Three

Sept 11: Limit Experiences

Š      David Tracy, The Religious Dimension of Common Human Experience and Language [BB] [SRQ03]

 

Sept 13: (continued)

 

Sept 15:  What is Religion?

 

Š      Clark, What is Religion? [BB]

 

 

 

 

Erikson’s Whole Life Perspective

 

 

Erikson’s Theory

Week Four

Sept 18:  Erikson’s Eight Stage Theory

 

Take-Home Essay 01 posted

 

Š      Wright, Left-Handed Knowing [BB] [SRQ04]

Š      [Recommended] Erik Erikson, Relevance and Relativity in the Case History, in C&S

 

Sept 20: (continued)

Š      Erik Erikson, Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations,  pp. 111-134 (A schedule of Virtues);  pp. 152-157. [BB] [SRQ05]
 

Sept 22:  (continued)

 



 

Bergman’s Wild Strawberries

Week Five

Sept 25: Wild Strawberries, by Ingmar Bergman

 

 

Take-Home Essay Assignment 01 due today
(submit to google doc file by midnight)

 

Autobiography assignment posted today

 

Sept 27: (continued)

 

 

 

 

Sept 29:  No class (prof at conference)

 

 

Week Six

Oct 02: Dream Analysis 1: The Clock, the Coffin               and the Corpse

 

Š      Wild Strawberries, pp. 23-55 [BB]

 

Discussion Questions 1
Due before class today

Oct 04: Dream Analysis 2

Š      Wild Strawberries, pp. 55-82 [BB]

 

Discussion Questions 2

 Due before class today

 

Oct 06: Tucking up

 

Š      Wild Strawberries, pp. 82-95 [BB]

 

Discussion Questions 3

Due in class today

 

 

 

Week Seven

Oct 09: No class (Fall reading days)

 

Oct 11: Erikson on Dr. Borg’s Life Cycle

 

 

 

 

Š      Erikson, Reflections on Dr. Borg’s Life Cycle [SQR06]

o   All of Section I  (pp. 1-17)

o   Section II, parts 4-6 (pp. 22-28)

Review the life-cycle chart on p. 22; and summarize pp. 23-28 only.

 

 

 

 

Religion and Childhood

 

 

 

Oct 13:   Childhood Experience and

                  the Virtues of Hope and Will

 

Š      Erikson, C&S CH. 7, section 1 [SRQ07]

Š      Wright, Becoming as Children  [SRQ08]

 

 

Week Eight

Oct 16: Toys and Reasons

Š      Erikson, Toys and Reasons (C&S), C&S Chapter 6 [SRQ08]

Oct 18: Signals of Transcendence in Childhood

 

 

Š      Wright, The Religious Dimension, pp. 148-164 [SRQ09]

Oct 20: The Formation of the Image of God

 

Š      Rizzuto, “Object Relations and the Formation of the Image of God” [BB] [SRQ10]

 



Week Nine

Oct 23: Religion and the Imagination

 

Š      Pruyser, Forms and Functions of the Imagination in Religion [SRQ11]

 

 

 

 

Religion and Adolescence

 

 

 

Oct 25:  Religion and Identity

 

Š      Erikson, TBA [SRQ]

Š      Fuller, Belief and Identity  Formation [BB] [SRQ]

Oct 27: Doubt

 

 

Š      Allport, The Nature of Doubt [BB] [SRQ]

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-Life Religiosity

 

 

Week Ten

Oct 30: Religion in Adulthood

 

 

Š      Erikson, TBA

Š      Fuller, Values and Midlife Transitions

Nov 01: TBA

 

Š      Allport, “The Religion of Maturity” [SRQ]

Š      Clark, “Criteria for a Mature Religion” [SRQ]

Nov 03: TBA

 

 

 

Week Eleven

Nov 06:  A Feminist Critique of Developmental Theory

 

Š      Gilligan, “Visions of Maturity” [SRQ]

 

Nov 08 & 10: No class

 

 

 

 

 

Maslow’s Religion, Values and Peak Experiences


Week Twelve

Nov 13:  Transcendent Experiences

 

Š      Maslow, Chs. 1-4 [SRQ]

 

Nov 15: The Farther Reaches of Human Nature

 

Š      Maslow, Chs. 5-8 [SRQ]

Nov 17: (continued)

 

 

 

 

Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Week Twelve

Nov 13:

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Nov 15: TBA

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Nov 17: TBA

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Week Thirteen

Nov 20-24: No class  (Thanksgiving break)

 

 

 

Week Fourteen

Nov 27: TBA

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Nov 29: TBA

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Dec 01: TBA

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Old Age

 

 

Iris Murdoch and the Film Iris

Week Fifteen

Dev 04:  Religion, Aging and Disease

 

 

 

Dec 06:  Viewing of Iris

 

 

 

 

Dec 08: (continued)

 

 

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