This course is an expansive survey of the religious traditions that inspired the civilizations that we will visit. Like the voyage itself, in addition to being a learning experience about other worlds, it will also be a journey of self-discovery. In terms of insight, we will make a special effort to deepen our critical self-consciousness through looking at ourselves as interpreters of radically different visions of reality, and questioning the history of our own culture’s often tragi-comic encounters with other worlds. The course aspires to transform your vision of your own reality and your ability to read into the realities of others. In terms of knowledge, this course is a broad multidimensional introduction to the diverse religious traditions of the worlds we will encounter from the South Pacific to Europe and will be supported by direct experience of the living traditions. We will attend not only to classical traditions and origins but also to topical issues and current responses to the challenge of modernity in each of our voyage’s destinations.
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