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Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D.

Professor Mark Berkson
  • Hamline University
  • Stanford University
Religious traditions should be approached not merely as objects of analysis, but also as challenges to be experienced subjectively. A deep encounter with another religion engenders intellectual and spiritual exploration and growth.

Dr. Mark Berkson is Professor of Religion at Hamline University. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Religious Studies and Humanities. He has twice received Faculty Member of the Year awards and has received multiple fellowships for his work in Asian religions. A world traveler, he has lived in China and visited religious and pilgrimage sites in countries such as India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Greece. Professor Berkson has given well over 100 presentations at conferences, universities, community meetings, and churches, and he has also appeared on radio and television news shows in segments dealing with religious issues. His scholarly work has addressed topics such as comparative religious thought, religious ethics, death and dying, and interfaith dialogue and has appeared in books and in such prestigious journals as the Journal of Religious Ethics, Teaching Theology & Religion, and Buddhist-Christian Studies.

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12 Courses and Sets

  1. Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    Mark Berkson
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? Who are Vishnu and Shiva? What are Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know is your chance to experience the breadth and depth of the world’s religions from all angles—historical, theological, and cultural. Over the course of 24 engaging lectures, award-winning Professor...
  2. (Set)  The Spiritual Brain & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) The Spiritual Brain & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  3. (Set)  Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  4. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions, both large and small, in this intriguing two-course set. First, in Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. Then, in Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, discover new perspectives on the moral and...
  5. (Set) The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know  Set

    (Set) The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $229.90 Starting at $229.90 $329.90 $229.90$329.90
  6. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Grasp the role of spiritual belief in cultures with this intriguing course set. Start with Sacred Texts of the World, which examines the written religious texts at the core of both major and lesser-known faiths around the world. Then turn to Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know to understand why religion matters so much to so many of the world’s peoples, and...
  7. (Set)  Cultural Literacy for Religion & GWR: Islam Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion & GWR: Islam

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  8. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions in this intriguing two-course set. In Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. And in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, explore the teachings, culture, and influence on civilization of the world's five...
  9. (Set)  Cultural Literacy for Religion & Dead Sea Scrolls Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion & Dead Sea Scrolls

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions, both large and small, and an in-depth literary look at the four Gospels in this intriguing two-course set. First, in Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. Then, examine the canonical Gospels of Mark,...
  11. (Set) How the World Learns & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) How the World Learns & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    This two-course set provides a more holistic view of international culture. Religious literacy can shed new light on the world, making us better neighbors and citizens. Get a provocative introduction to this fascinating topic with Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know. Then get fundamental insights about how the world develops, grows, and learns with How the World Learns.
  12. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Mark Berkson
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $879.90 $479.90$879.90
    Explore the religious, cultural, and historical context and impact of some of the most famous stories of all times with this two-course set. Discover some of the most important and influential ancient stories from five continents with Great Mythologies of the World. Then Cultural Literacy for Religion will explore how religion informs our everyday lives, from art and music to laws and civic engagement.