The Spirit and the Flesh: Christianity and Paganism in Comparative Perspectives

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARW 6426 2.00

This course examines the historical development and current relationship between Christian and pagan traditions. During this course we will explore the Pagan origins of Christian sacred stories, beliefs and traditions. We will also analyze the Christian versus Pagan rhetoric used during the medieval and modern period to justify prejudice and violence based on gender, class, and ethnicity. Further, we will look at Christianity and Paganism today, including contemporary expressions of the Neopagan movement and Christian celebrations of a feminine divine. This course will also examine the opportunities and challenges of bi spirituality, which describes the experience of those who identify with both traditions.

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