Existentialism and Religion
Department of Religious and Theological Studies
Existentialism takes the realities of the human condition with extreme seriousness. It does not offer platitudes to ease the burden of life, but rather views direct human experience as profoundly important. Existentialism demands an intense gaze at the harsh, unvarnished realities of the world in which we live, and often seems depressing or nihilistic. But if honest, one may discover personal meaning, forge courage and find hope even in the most empty moments of human experience. All of this has obvious and significant implications for religion that deserve attention. This course takes a literary, philosophical and theological approach and engages with authors in their intimate portrayals of existential struggle.
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