Religious Studies | Introduction to Religion
R133 | 27507 | N. Levene
Above course carries COLL A & H distribution.
What is religion? A communal system of beliefs and practices? An
individual search for meaning and truth? An ideological formation
constituting social or political power and authority? This course is
an introduction to religion through a consideration of these
questions in a global context. We will focus on the creation and
formation of a religious self, exploring the meanings and values
such a self can embed. Drawing on texts in a wide variety of styles
and cultural contexts, we will gather a repertoire of ideas of
religion, along with the methods, perspectives, and questions that
will enable us to launch fruitful comparisons.