REL 221
Technologies of Religion in the Early Christian World Fall 2017
Division II
Cross-listed REL 221 / CLAS 221
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What is the relationship between religion and technology? How do various technologies affect the production and distribution of religious knowledge? Facilitate communication and interaction with the divine? Transform the religious self? In this course, we will look specifically at the uses and effects of technology on religion in the early Christian world. While focused most directly on the influence of technology on the development of early Christianity, the course will also explore the place of technology in coterminous movements: in “pagan” sacrifice, Neoplatonic divination, and Stoic practices of the self. By examining technologies of text production, sacrifice, memory, and the self, the course will shed light on early Christianity and its competing religious and philosophical movements, as well as on the nature of technology’s relationship to religion.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 10-12
Class#: 1322
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active preparation and participation, short reading response papers (1 page), and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 221 Division II CLAS 221 Division I

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