Honors | Language & Religion (COLL)
C103 | 29221 | Samuel Obeng


LEC MW 2:30-3:20pm
DIS Th 5:45-6:35pm
BH 105


The course examines pertinent issues raised about religious language
including: how ‘strange' and/or different religious discourse is;
the preponderance in religious domains of ‘incomprehensible' genre
such as glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and xenoglossia (speaking
a language one has not studied); the use of religious pronouns "us"
(the saved) versus "them" (the unsaved) to signal polarization of in-
groups and out-groups; and the use of religious language to justify
norms and rules that are in opposition to a state's laws. The course
examines the interconnectedness between language, religion, and
socio-political conflicts, especially the language of war, words
attributed to God, prophets, etc., and their social impact. Also
examined is how religion influences language change, translations of
sacred texts in various traditions, and the interconnectedness of
religion and national/official language choice. The role played by
silence in religious discourse and the overall nature of religious
discourse in the United States and other countries is also examined.