Friday, October 24, 2008

Violence in Religious Tradtions

The Roots of violence in
Contemporary Religious faith development
On line course for 2008

This course seeks to expose the student to the theological dialogue surrounding violence and Christian faith development. The issue of reconciliation and non violence within the teachings of Jesus Christ versus the popular use of violence in the American cultural milieu will be explored and examined along with its connections to the institutional Christian faith community.

The use of violence will be contrasted to the contemporary development of the Christian traditions and our attempt to use violence as a redemptive process within the Christian faith.

I. The history of violence as a redemptive process overview

A. The origins of violence in ancient western mythological constructs.

1. Beowulf
2. Marduk
3. Gilgamesh

B. Examination of redemptive and compassionate religious belief systems.

1. Jesus Christ
2. Hindu
3. Native American
4. Buddhist traditions
5. Non aggressive social and cultural traditions in primitive culture.

{Students will use first contact in the online medium to investigate and share basic thoughts about violence and the use of violence to service interest Two weeks will be provided for personalcyber exchanges and interviews of the following:

a. Law enforcement
b. Clergy/religious traditions
c. Military
d. Educational institutions
e. Science and technology
f. State

{Each student must create a personal Blog regarding the subject matter and have internet exchanges for the duration of the course. The creation and blog log will be the tracking system for evaluation of the blogs daily.}

II. Contemporary use of violence in postmodern socialization processes.

(Final internet projects will include the on line research and discussion of the following topics)

A. Examination of media and retail market use of violence in western culture.
B. Violence in The Gaming industry and the impact on youth in western society
C. Comparisons and parallels of traditions of violence in Christian culture
D. The review of the principles of violence used in each of the institutions researched in the course.

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Gregory Augustus Jones


Counsel said...

Unless we can change the fabric of religious culture this process is a useless venture.
There is nothing here that will make people reconsider the socialization process that has produced their violent behavior and provided the reality they live in.

Counsel said...

We are the people in question.It will be our responsibility to stop the use of violence in this world.
If we do not attempt to reeducate our communities regarding violence and its use in our lives we doom our
future communities to the violent results.
We cannot continue to hurt one another and think violence is the only way to solve our problems. It just does not work.
We must evolve a more mature way of solving problems.