REL 378 - Religion and Storytelling

We love spinning tales, whether they be epic narratives about heroic quests, or a simple account of our daily experiences. And while our stories come from all aspects of life a number of our best known, most often retold stories are found within the context of religion. This class explores the intersection of storytelling and religion by looking at stories various religions tell and considering examples of religious stories that have been retold in nonreligious contexts. Why do religions tell stories? How does the act of storytelling shape religion? Why do religious stories get translated into popular, nonreligious, narratives? This class will cover material from a variety of religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism and our sources will include popular literature, science fiction stories, graphic novels, television, music.
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