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A History of Religious Responses to Disaster – CE 432



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  • Dates: July 21-30
  • Mode: Online
  • Anticipated hours of engagement: 8 hours
  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 – 9 PM
  • Instructor: Samuel Schindler

This class explores the history of faith-based responses to disaster (natural or man-made). Each of the four sessions will focus on a different civilization that faced large-scale disaster, and how it understood, coped with, and addressed what occurred. Each of these communities recorded their efforts to make sense of what happened in terms of their relationship with a deity or a host of deities.

This class will meet live in Google Meet at 7 pm.

Session 1: Ancient Mesopotamia and the Big Flood; depicted in Babylonian Myths and the Hebrew Bible. (~1800-500 BCE)

Session 2: Ancient China and the collapse of the Zhou Dynasty and the descent into civil war and chaos; addressed in Confucian and Taoist philosophy. (~900-400 BCE)

Session 3: The collapse of Ancient Rome and the rise of Christianity. (180-600 CE)

Session 4: Muslim and Christian responses to the Black Plague (1347-1353 CE)

Supply List

  • A email address – PCA&D uses Google Classroom for online classes. Gmail accounts are free to create.
  • Computer/tablet/internet-enabled device with mic/camera
  • Internet access
  • Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes or writing down thoughts

***PCA&D has partnered with Curio. Gallery & Creative Supply to provide you easy access to art supplies and a resource to support local small businesses. Curio. is currently shipping Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is suggested that students order 7-10 days in advance of the class if having items shipped to their home. If students are located within 5 miles of downtown Lancaster, PA drop-off delivery is free of charge and Curio. also offers an in store contactless pick-up for customers during their open hours. Some items are not currently available for shipping, such as 18″ x 24″ pads, 23″ x 26″ drawing boards, and open stock paper. Each of these items is listed as available for drop-off delivery or in store pick-up at the store location.

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