PSCI 275
Paul the Apostle: Then and Now Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as PSCI275 / REL275

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The Apostle Paul is the most important thinker in the history of Christianity. He wrote much of the New Testament and was the first to formulate and articulate the basic message of Christianity. In this course, we’ll first explore Paul’s thought in its original context, probing what his message would have meant for the inhabitants of the Roman Empire. Special attention will be paid to Paul’s contribution to ancient debates about Judaism, conversion, and ethnic difference. In addition to examining the first contexts and meanings of his writings, we’ll be especially interested in the legacy of Paul’s thought on modern political thought in Europe and America in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this portion of the course, we’ll see how Paul’s influence has shaped current theories of citizenship and sovereignty, with or without the knowledge or consent of modern thinkers and societies. The course thus explores the original significance of Paul’s thought as well as his hidden influence upon the political structures of secular modernity.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 14
Class#: 4061
Requirements/Evaluation: papers, participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors
Distributions: Division II;

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