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RLG203 Lecture 1 - Song: Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around” - o Everything is on it, not Blackboard - Professor Kyle Smith ([email protected]) - The content isn’t important, but to think about the themes - Knowing names and dates isn’t history or important, but the deeper questions - Isidore Isaac Rabi o Won Nobel prize for Physics o Importance of questioning everything - Socrates of Athens o “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” - Apple’s old tagline: Think different - People in humanities know how to ask really good questions and delve deeper - Analysis: ana- up ; lysis: break into bits - 2.2 billion Christians - 38, 000 different denominations of Christians - Major Christian denominations o Catholic (1.2 billion), Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, Other - Catholic o St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square Vatican City (Rome) o Pope Benedict XVI o Coptic Catholic (Egypt)where the priest is married (but not Roman Catholics priest) o Armenian Catholic o Ethiopian Catholic - Moby Dick or The Whale (Herman Melville) o Illusions of Christianity problems within text - The Brothers Karamazov o Ivan, the philosopher and atheist o Alexei, saint and orthodox monk o Dmitri, the sensualist and drunkard - Jan van Eyck o The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) o Lamb worshipping with blood pouring out - Johnny Cash “The Man Comes Around” – talking about the Apocalypse - “Christianity has been so culturally pervasive in human history that people today are heavily influenced by it, even when they are blithely unaware of it...” Kennedy - MarThoma (St.Thomas) - Ancient Christians in the Persian Empire - Nestorian Stele, 781 CE (China) - Christians are shrinking in the west, but expanding exponentially in the global south (Africa) - Mardi Gras (Celebration of a Saint?) farewell to the flesh o Fat Tuesday is before Ash Wednesday o Celebrating resurrection of Jesus - What is religion? o According to Kennedy
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