In this course participants, students and their faculty mentors, will engage in a rigorous and sustained examination of vital questions arising from relationships of human beings to the natural world, to their own immediate communities and those of other societies, and to the artifacts of human culture. This examination requires interrogating specific, seminal texts from the western intellectual traditions, which local, regional, and super-regional religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, influenced. These texts speak directly to each other, often radically critiquing the traditions out of which they emerged. Participants will critically examine the views these texts reflect which continue to underlie cultures and institutions in the modern world. Throughout this experience participants will develop skills that are central to success in college and leading a life of intellectual engagement beyond such as the ability to read carefully, think critically, discuss topics with clarity and a command of relevant and factual information, and write clearly and persuasively.
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