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TITLE The Spiritual Quest of Humanity

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Theology

DESCRIPTION This course will seek to outline the view of the human person as a religious being. It will seek to examine and reflect critically on the question of the grounding of one’s belief in God on religious experience and explore some of the main areas of debate concerning the epistemology of religious experience. It will attempt to examine psychological approaches to experiences which might be described as being religious.
The course will seek to present a historical overview of religion with particular reference to the contemporary phenomenon of secularity. It will also attempt to bring together comparative studies and interdisciplinary views of the religious experience of humankind.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
a. critically analyze different views concerning religious experience;
b. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the contribution of the more important thinkers on the subject;
c. demonstrate understanding of some of the ways in which material from different disciplines could be relevant to discussions concerning the spiritual quest of humanity.

Reading List

- Studying Religion Web-Site
- BEAUDOIN TOM, Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X, Jossey-Bass 2000.
- BUCKLEY MICHAEL, Denying and Disclosing God, Yale University Press 2004.
- ELIADE MIRCEA, Patterns in Comparative Religion, Sheed and Ward 1958.
- JAMES WILLIAM, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, 1902.
- MACQUARRIE JOHN, Twentieth-Century Religious Thought, SCM Press 2001.
- OTTO RUDOLF, The Idea of the Holy, Oxford University Press 1958.
- PALMER MICHAEL, Freud and Jung on Religion, Routledge 1997.
- PARTRIDGE CHRISTOPHER (ed.), The New Lion Handbook: the World’s Religions, Lion Hudson 2005.
- TAYLOR CHARLES, Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited, Harvard University Press, 2002.
- TAYLOR CHARLES, A Secular Age, Belknap Press 2007.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Rene Camilleri
Mark Sultana

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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