Religion and Nature

Spring 2018

Description

What is the place of human beings in the natural world? Do humans have a responsibility to other species? Are human beings primarily of nature or above or apart from nature? Is the proper role of humans to manipulate and control the natural world or to harmonize and conform their lives to the ways of nature? How have different beliefs about the existence or non-existence of divine or supernatural beings influenced human attitudes and behaviors toward the natural environment? What are some of the ways in which religions have shaped attitudes towards nature in specific historical and cultural contexts? What kinds of ritual practices do different cultures engage in concerning the natural world? This course considers a variety of religious and secular perspectives on these questions as well as responses to contemporary environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change. Special attention is given to the perspectives and practices of indigenous cultures.

Class Notes

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This is a Chico Distance & Online Education class. Only students who are registered in an online degree program or who reside outside of Chico and have contacted Regional and Continuing Education prior to enrollment (530-898-6105) will be permitted to enroll in this section.

Class Details

Instructor
Pike, Sarah M
Location

WWW ONLINE

Class Registration Information

Class #
3740
Course
RELS 323 -
SECT 72
Units
3
Fees
Price TBA:
  • $0 / unit
Capacity
1/30
Class Meeting Dates

01/22/2018 - 05/18/2018

Days

Times

TBA