Section Information for Fall 2014
What is religion? Is it a set of beliefs about a God or gods? Is it a personal experience or does it tell us something about our world and/or a sacred reality? Is religion a system of ethics or a guide to political life or a form of magic? And how should we study a subject as complex as religion? Should we learn about religion from believers or scholars or both? Do we seek evidence of a higher reality and/or study sacred texts and their accounts of religious experience? This course examines various intellectual approaches used to analyze and understand the unique and diverse human phenomenon of religion.
Examines study of religion as academic discipline. Evaluates various intellectual approaches and methods used in study of religious phenomena.