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    Vassar College
  Nov 23, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RELI 184 - Seeing God in Art, Image and Inner Experience

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
Religious traditions and philosophies across world history have faced the question of how to represent or picture the sacred. This means addressing whether divinity or holiness can be visible at all, or whether truth must keep out of sight, accessible only through language or inner experience. For this course, we read broadly across sources from classical philosophy, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism in order to compare the different justifications for or prohibitions against making divinity visible or tactile. Doing so prepares us to consider the power of images in contemporary mass media and question the relationship between beauty and deception. Klaus Yoder. 

Two 75-minute periods.

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