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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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18 Courses and Sets

  1. Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures

    Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures

    Mark Berkson
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Death is the horizon against which our lives unfold. Knowledge of mortality has inspired much of human activity—religion, philosophy, the arts, and science have all been driven by our understanding of death. Many cultures have learned to see death as a window into the meaning of life. Embark on an uplifting, meaningful, and multidisciplinary exploration of life’s only certainty with this modern memento mori.
  2. 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...
  3. (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,...
  4. (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
  5. (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
  6. (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...
  7. (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
  8. (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...
  9. (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
  10. (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...
  11. (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
  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.
  13. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Mark Berkson
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    There’s so much to explore when it comes to religion and philosophy. Focus your efforts to get the most important perspectives with this two-course set. Examine death from a variety of outlooks with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures. Then glean the most significant viewpoints on a well-lived life with Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know.
  14. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Gain a deeper appreciation for how other cultures view the concepts of death and of living life to the fullest with this two-course set. Start with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures to better understand how death can be celebrated. Then learn how to take a step back and contemplate your life—and all life—with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  15. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    To explain the mysteries of death, many people turn to religion and philosophy. Get an illuminating look at both perspectives with this two-course set. Start with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures to get a global perspective of how to understand death. Then delve into what various religious texts say about both death and the value of life in Sacred Texts of the World.
  16. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Customs of the World Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Customs of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of how other cultures view life and death with this two-course set. Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures provides you with insights into how death is viewed, mourned, and celebrated around the world. Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are looks at life through the lens of various global societies.
  17. (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.
  18. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    The duality and significance of life and death have perplexed brilliant philosophers and everyday thinkers for centuries. Get a well-rounded overview of these complex subjects with this eye-opening two-course set: Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures and The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions.