Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

RELI 100: The Human Religious Experience

RELI 100-001: Human Relig Experience
(Spring 2015)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Enterprise Hall 276

Section Information for Spring 2015

This course will explore the human religious experience through the lens of the religious traditions of an African people, a Native American people, and some of the people of Europe, the Near East, and Asia. It will look at how key questions are asked and answered in different traditions: Is the earth divine? Do animals have spirits? Why is the belief in many deities better than the belief in one? What is it like to have a deity come into one’s body? We will ask our own questions, too: The term religion was invented by European scholars, but can we say that there is one coherent category of human experience that we can call “religion,” or are “religions” too diverse for a single category? Answering this question will force us to think outside the narrow “box” of ideas often used to define religion.

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines main forms of religious expression as embodied in several important religious traditions in contemporary world. Investigates religious experience; myth and ritual; teachings and scripture; ethical, social, and artistic aspects of religion; and nature and function of religion in human society. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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