RT 201: Religion and the Human Quest

I.  Course Information

II. The Human Condition

  1. Marcus Aurelius (121-180), The Meditations [excerpts], trans. George Long, The Harvard Classics, New York, P.F. Collier & Son Co., 1909-1914.
  2. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees [excerpts], trans. William F. Trotter.  Public Domain.
  3. Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961), Markings [excerpts], trans. Leif Sjobert and W.H. Auden, Vintage Spiritual Classics, New York, 2006.
  4. Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death, Free Press, New York, 1973, pp.11-66.
  5. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), The Human Condition, Second Edition, University of Chicago Press, 1998, pp.1-21.
  6. John Kekes, The Human Condition, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2010, pp.1-25.
  7. Robert Cummings Neville and Wesley J. Wildman, "Introduction," in The Human Condition: A Volume in the Comparative Religions Idea Project, ed. Robert Cummings Neville, State University of New York Press, 2001, pp.1-7.
  8. G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), Heretics (1905).  Public Domain.
  9. G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908).  Public Domain.
  10. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "St. Crispian's Day Speech," in Henry V (1599), Act IV, Scene 3.  Public Domain.
  11. William Shakespeare, "What a Piece of Work is Man," in Hamlet (1599), Act IV, Scene 2.  Public Domain.
  12. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."

III. Atheism

  1. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), "Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?" in Why I Am Not a Christian, ed. Paul Edwards, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1957, pp.193-204.
  2. Bertrand Russell, "Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?" ibid., pp.24-47.
  3. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), The Birth of Tragedy and The Genealogy of Morals, trans. Francis Golffing, Doubleday, New York, 1956, pp.178-188.
  4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, trans. R.J. Hollingdale, Penguin Books, Baltimore, 1969, pp.39-53.
  5. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 2006, pp.311-344.
  6. Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Twelve Books, New York, 2007, pp.15-36.

IV. Pantheism (as exemplified by Buddhism)

V.  Revelation (as exemplified by Judaism and Christianity)

  1. Bruce Feiler, "How Moses Shaped America," Time (12 October 2009), pp.48-50.
  2. C.S. Lewis, "Man or Rabbit?" in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, ed. Walter Hooper, Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdman's, 1970, pp.108-113.
  3. C.S. Lewis, "What Are We To Make of Jesus Christ?" ibid., pp.156-160.