One of three core courses in the MA in Interreligious Studies curriculum, The Faiths as Formal Realities explores how faith communities move from the text to practices with the use of structured beliefs and traditions. This term, the specific focus of this exploration will be spiritual disciplines: practices that involve the body and have the capacity to transform the heart, mind, and soul. It will employ a framework that, while provided by experiential Christianity, enables consideration of Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Confucian transformative practices as well.
This course is taught collaboratively by two members of the HIU faculty. They differ in their faith commitments, religious practices, and particularity of their knowledge of other religions. Yet both are committed to promoting deep understanding of how diverse individuals and groups understand religion and how those with differing understandings relate to one another. Students in this course can expect to improve their religious and interreligious literacy while developing skills necessary for interreligious engagement.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Core Requirement
MAC - Islamic Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy elective
If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.