Specialization - Death and Immortality

RLCT 2017  Death and Immortality


Any 18 credits completed.


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




Attitudes about death and the afterlife vary greatly from culture to culture. The process of death can affect individuals as well as communities on personal, familial, social, religious and cultural levels. This course will explore a variety of religious responses to death and dying, and notions of the afterlife and immortality, as they are expressed in religious, philosophical and literary texts. Some of the central ideas for this discussion will be: What is revealed in the human confrontation with death? What happens after death? What does life mean in the face of death? What are the religious/spiritual/ethical implications?

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