Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/346426
Title:
Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience
Authors:
Kirby, Joseph
Other Titles:
ICSD 13210 S15. Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Kirby, Joseph. "ICSD 13210 S15: Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience" (2015). Syllabi. Institute for Christian Studies.
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
Jan-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/346426
Type:
Syllabus
Language:
en
Description:
John Newton, who wrote the lyrics for "Amazing Grace" in 1772, was the captain of a slave ship prior to entering the clergy. In other words, the man to whom the words "a wretch like me" originally referred – was actually a thoroughgoing wretch, a man who bought and sold human beings for profit. The grace that saved him, meanwhile, first appeared over the course of an extended brush with death: the ship he was on almost sank in a violent North Atlantic gale, then floated at the mercy of the winds and currents for nearly a month before drifting fortuitously onto the coast of Northern Ireland. We live most of our lives in a state of relative equilibrium, calmly passing through more-or-less predictable sequences of habit and custom, work and play, activity and rest. This course will explore what happens when these predictable sequences vanish, when we no longer know where we are or where we are going, what we should do, who we should strive to become. We will focus in particular on how religion and philosophy operate, both experientially and discursively, when the normal equilibrium of our lives has been shattered. This will involve a comparison between two opposing approaches to theses edges: in short, the very suffering that often seems necessary to open the soul out unto God is often cited as evidence that God cannot possibly exist, that religion is nothing more than a retreat into illusion spurred by the fear of death. Thus, beginning with a comparison between Victor Frankl’s account of his experiences in the Nazi death camps, Man’s Search for Meaning, and Freud’s classic denunciation of religion in The Future of an Illusion, this course explores how the tension between devastation, hope, and despair has played out in various other extremes of human experience.
Keywords:
Philosophy and religion; Human experience; Frankl, Victor; Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939; Suffering
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections:
Syllabi 2010-2015

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dc.contributor.authorKirby, Josephen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-09T17:54:15Z-
dc.date.available2015-03-09T17:54:15Z-
dc.date.issued2015-01-
dc.identifier.citationKirby, Joseph. "ICSD 13210 S15: Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experience" (2015). Syllabi. Institute for Christian Studies.en_GB
dc.identifier.otherCourse code: ICSD 13210 S15en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/346426-
dc.descriptionJohn Newton, who wrote the lyrics for "Amazing Grace" in 1772, was the captain of a slave ship prior to entering the clergy. In other words, the man to whom the words "a wretch like me" originally referred – was actually a thoroughgoing wretch, a man who bought and sold human beings for profit. The grace that saved him, meanwhile, first appeared over the course of an extended brush with death: the ship he was on almost sank in a violent North Atlantic gale, then floated at the mercy of the winds and currents for nearly a month before drifting fortuitously onto the coast of Northern Ireland. We live most of our lives in a state of relative equilibrium, calmly passing through more-or-less predictable sequences of habit and custom, work and play, activity and rest. This course will explore what happens when these predictable sequences vanish, when we no longer know where we are or where we are going, what we should do, who we should strive to become. We will focus in particular on how religion and philosophy operate, both experientially and discursively, when the normal equilibrium of our lives has been shattered. This will involve a comparison between two opposing approaches to theses edges: in short, the very suffering that often seems necessary to open the soul out unto God is often cited as evidence that God cannot possibly exist, that religion is nothing more than a retreat into illusion spurred by the fear of death. Thus, beginning with a comparison between Victor Frankl’s account of his experiences in the Nazi death camps, Man’s Search for Meaning, and Freud’s classic denunciation of religion in The Future of an Illusion, this course explores how the tension between devastation, hope, and despair has played out in various other extremes of human experience.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licenseen_GB
dc.rightsCopyright, Institute for Christian Studies, all rights reserved.en_GB
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_GB
dc.subjectPhilosophy and religionen_GB
dc.subjectHuman experienceen_GB
dc.subjectFrankl, Victoren_GB
dc.subjectFreud, Sigmund, 1856-1939en_GB
dc.subjectSufferingen_GB
dc.titleReligion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experienceen
dc.title.alternativeICSD 13210 S15. Religion and Philosophy at the Extremes of Human Experienceen_GB
dc.typeSyllabusen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelMWSen_GB
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