HUMSOC is proud to present a new series to showcase the amazing course work that happens every single day on campus. Short & sweet (unlike those 3 hours classes…), and up to date, this series is meant to be your eyes inside the classroom.

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Our first featured class is tonight’s Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 322) with Prof Herling (#divisionchair). Tonight’s discussion is on the Problem of Religious Diversity; Pluralism vs. exclusivism (with inclusivism in between!)

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Pluralism: Despite their differences, all religions have a common core reality. So don’t judge! #JohnHick

Exclusivism: It’s completely acceptable for adherents of one religious tradition to claim that their tradition is exclusively true and right—and that the others aren’t. #AlvinPlantinga

Inclusivism: There’s something good and true in many religious traditions, but only to the extent that they point to the one that is _ultimately_ good and right! #KarlRahner

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Got it? If you’re inspired the readings are listed below. Have fun in class today folks, and remember be kind to yourself and be kind to strangers.
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Readings:

  • John Hick, “A Religious Understanding of Religion: A Model of the Relationship between Traditions”
  • Karl Rahner, “Christianity and the Non-Christian Religions”
  • Alvin Plantinga, “A Defense of Religious Exclusivism,”
  • Jerome Gellman, “In Defense of a Contented Religious Exclusivism”

Hello dear readers, and welcome to the HUMSOC blog! This is your new home base for all HUMSOC related news, events, thoughtfully generated content, original and stolen memes, pics, tips, tricks and more!

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You may be asking “Hello there, but what even is HUMSOC?!”

I’m glad you asked! HUMSOC stands for The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our division has 5 main components: English and World Lit, International Studies, Politics & Human Rights, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Academic Writing.

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See, it’s a mouth full! We shortened the name, but what we have to offer is all you’d expect and more. This space will be full of posts/pics/extras generated by all folks who are ready willing and able, including our esteemed faculty and of course, students! If you have an idea for content you can reach out to a faculty member, or stop by the Faculty Center and head to the 3rd floor to chat with Alex, the division admin (and blog curator, and current narrator #plottwist). We wanna hear about class projects, interesting travel and work/internship experiences, what you’re reading about, what you’re organizing about, the going’s on around campus, and anything else that you’re inspired by. Dream big and write copiously!

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Be kind to yourself and be kind to your neighbors.

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