6000 Years of Religion (in 60 minutes)
Since the beginning of recorded civilization roughly 6000 years ago, religious groups have been making war on someone. What is there in monotheism and in the three faiths that most clearly represent this idea-Judaism, Christianity and Islam that has made them so aggressive? The world was once destroyed by flood; all three faiths believe that it will once again be destroyed by flames. Is this inevitable? What do we mean by the end of time? Will our grandchildren live to have children? How does an academic approach to the study of these topics prepare us for the world to come? What is Millennialism? Eschatology? The meaning of the Apocalypse? This fascinating fast-paced class will cover all this and more.
I can see why Sol Gittleman was, and is, a revered professor at Tufts. He is a phenomenal and learned lecturer, who delivers fascinating facts and observations in a way that compels you to pay attention, and more importantly, to think about what he is saying. His lecture was thoroughly enjoyable, and also terrifying. His final observations will leave you unsettled. Will the future be a time of peace or continued war, regardless of your perspective on religion and its value? Like him, I don’t know, but hope for the best.