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SOC 307S SOCĀ 307S. Judaism and Christianity in Sociological Perspective. 3 Hours.

Study of Christianity's historic roots in Judaism, the texts that Jews and Christians share, what Jews believe, how and why the two faiths diverged and evolved, how institutionalized Christianity addresses its Jewish origins, and the relationship between Jews and Christians throughout history. Focus on the social, historical, and intellectual contexts and forces which have shaped these processes up to the present day, as well as religious evolution of how systems and ways of thought and action change, why, and how Christians and Jews have dealt with such changes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Core Texts and Ideas 304 (Topic: Judaism and Christianity in Sociological Perspective), Sociology 307S, 308 (Topic: Judaism and Christianity in Sociological Perspective), Western Civilization 303 (Topic: Judaism and Christianity in Sociological Perspective).