Religious Studies

RLST 100 Introduction to Religious Studies

An introduction to the academic study of religion; a survey of the thought and practices of major world religions; the impact of religion on society and culture; modern scholarly approaches to religious experience.


RLST 219 Judaism

A survey of the principles of Judaism, their historical development, and their impact on the Jewish way of life. This course also explores the Jewish foundation of Christianity.


RLST 227 Jesus the Christ

This course explores the historical, Jewish, Jesus in the context of the Second Temple period as well as the Christian Christ of Faith. The New Testament, a Jewish Christian document, will be examined through a contextual Jewish Palestinian lens to find glimpses of the Jewish Jesus covered over by dominant  Christian theological motifs about Jesus as the Christ.


RLST 241 Islam

An introduction to the foundations and principles of Islam, including the life of the Prophet Muḥammad, the Holy Qurʾān, beliefs and praxes, and development of Islamic thoughts and institutions. In this course the students are expected to articulate contemporary faith of Muslims as they study Islamic themes. Students should consider this course if they intend to do more future studies in Islam.  


RLST 249 New Testament in Lit & Art

Principal persons and events in the New Testament will be studied for their meaning in the New Testament context.  Representations of these in painting, sculpture, music, and literature will be examined.  Comparisons between the New Testament and the artistic representations will be explored.


RLST 258 Orthodox Christianity

A "taste of heaven" for those who know it and live it, the Orthodox Christianity is a terra uncognita for most westerners. The aim of the course is to make the student familiar with the history, the beliefs, the practices and the cultural art of this 2000 year old Christian Church.


RLST 290AD Modern Christian Social Thought

This course traces historically the various important events and persons—Catholic, Anglican, Protestant—from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century that helped formulate and put into action a contemporary Christian social teaching in Europe and Canada. Special reference will be made to the Social Gospel, several papal social encyclicals since Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum through to the present, Liberation Theology, labour and working conditions, poverty, war and peace, human rights, as well as to the special role Saskatchewan and Western Canada have played in the Canadian social context.


RLST 290AV The Prophet Muhammad

This course deals with the life events of the Prophet in his context of Seventh Century Arabia as seen in Muslim writings: the Sira (biographical genre) and the Tradition. Some themes and films/documentaries about the Prophet will be also part of the discussion.


RLST 319  Contemporary Jewish Thought 

The focus in this course is on current issues in Judaism: women, feminism and sexuality; Zionism and the State of Israel; the diversity of Judaism and the debate on "Who is a Jew?"


RLST 322 Anti-Semitism & Holocaust

“Antisemitism,” strictly speaking, is a modern phenomenon: the word itself dates only to the nineteenth century. Yet it is obvious that hostility to Jews has existed for centuries. Is it possible, then, or fruitful, to distinguish between different historical stages of anti-Jewish animus? This course will offer a historical analysis of the emergence and development of antisemitism in Western civilization. The twentieth century will be examined as the stage on which such horrific tragedies as the Holocaust unfolded, focusing on key actors and agents, setting, and also the “theatrical property." Whatever our conclusions about a typology of Judeaeophobia and antisemitism, one thing is certain: the curtain has yet to fall on the sorry spectacle of xenophobia and demonizing “the other."


RLST 342 Islamic Philosophy, Theology, Law and Mysticism

An examination of the development of the main streams of Muslim philosophy, theology, law, and mysticism. The contributions of major Islamic thinkers in these disciplines will be considered along with their intellectual legacy. RLST 241 - Islam - is a recommended prerequisite.


RLST 349 Gospel & Letters of John

The course will focus on the distinctive “Johannine school”, which produced the Gospel of John and the three epistles of John. Emphasis will be placed on the distinctive theology of this sect within Christianity, and the checkered history of its relations to both the Judaism and Christianity of its day.


RLST 390AZ Israel and Palestine: The Politics of Religion

This course explores the roots of Zionism and the age-old longing of Jewish people to return to the Land of Israel. It examines the thought of Theodor Herzl the founder of modern, secular Zionism in the 18th century and how Zionism branched out to include religious and political aspects. How Zionism has affected the Palestinian populations of the Middle East will also be explored.


RLST 390BT History of Popular Religion: 300 - 1400

This course will examine, from an historical perspective, the religious beliefs and practices of medieval Europeans.  The emphasis will be on Christian beliefs, but those of other religions will be considered too.  Topics include: heresy; the fate of the dead; skepticism; saints; signs and miracles; good and evil spirits; holidays.


RLST 390BY The Prophet Muhammad: Advanced Studies

This course deals with some depth the life events of the Prophet in his context of Seventh Century Arabia as seen in Muslim writings: the Sira (biographical genre) and the Tradition. Some themes and films/documentaries about the Prophet will be also part of the discussion.