Introduction to Religion

REL-R 133 — Fall 2020

Patrick Lally Michelson
Days and Times
TR 11:15A–12:30P
Course Description

What is religion? Where does it come from? What does it do? How should we study it? This course introduces students to the many different ways that theorists and scholars of religion have tried to answer these questions, as well as the ways in which these questions became questions at all. Students will learn that our understanding of religion and the meanings we give to that term are largely founded upon competing claims about the existence of God, differing values that have been assigned to religion, and conflicting interpretations about religion’s role in shaping culture, politics, society, and the self.


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