The Bible and Violence

College Regis College
Instructor(s) Lewis, Scott M.
Course Code RGB3805HF
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in RGB6805HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

It is often said that religious texts provoke and sanction violence, and even that religion itself is inherently violent. Utilizing the mimetic violence model, we will examine representative texts from both the Old and New Testaments in dialogue with the insights of René Girard, Eugen Drewermann, C.G. Jung, Walter Wink, and others. Central to our study of the pertinent NT tests is an exploration of the symbolic world of apocalypticism (both Jewish and Christian), as well as teh destructive potential of the Passion narratives. Special attention will also be given to the myth of redemptive violence and the misuse of religious language and symbols. The course will also explore pastoral and theological approaches to sensitive biblical passages today.

Crosslisted to (1) Pastoral Thelology
Schedule Thu
Start Time 9:00
End Time 11:00
Minimum Enrolment 5
Maximum Enrolment 42
Enrolment Notes

Max 42 (AD & BD)

Means of Evaluation
Previously Offered Winter 2012
Currently Offered Fall 2017