REL 231.001

Religious Existentialism

T, R | 12:30-1:45

MA 207

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One question asked in this course is, “fake or real?” We find ways of asking it of the texts, ourselves, other people as well as the question itself! This Core Humanities course surveys the influential school of modern, Western religious thought called religious existentialism, reviewing major texts, authors, & themes of this eclectic movement, such as texts by Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Buber, Heidegger, de Beauvoir, Sartre, etc. HU

In this course, we will:

  • Create a safe space for learning and sharing ideas.
  • Familiarize ourselves with the existentialist approach to philosophy.
  • Closely read the texts in the existentialist genre of philosophy.
  • Formulate the key questions that may be used for existentialist inquiries.
  • Closely read contemporary texts from an existentialist perspective.
  • Apply existentialist questions to current issues in the study of religion.


Nathan R. B. Loewen

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    Please contact me by email or telephone to arrange an appointment.

  • (205) 348-5271


Kierkegaard, Soren
Fear and Trembling
Penguin, 1986

Nietzsche, Friedrich
Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Knopf Doubleday, 1989

Derrida, Jacques
The Gift of Death
University of Chicago Press, 1995

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