05:00 PM to 06:15 PM MW
Section Information for Spring 2021
Providing an important study for understanding today’s headlines, "Religion and Society" surveys the world’s major religious traditions and introduces scholarly methods for the study of religion from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a sociological bent. It explores the nature of religious beliefs, rituals, and institutions, both historically and in the contemporary context. Of particular interest will be the way in which faith traditions form and change over time as they become increasingly cosmopolitan, and the relationship between those traditions and daily life, political and social conflicts, ethics, and the globalization of culture and society.
Lester Kurtz, Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective. 4th ed. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2015). Available free electronically through the GMU library at https://tinyurl.com/y4t9j79o or for purchase - fourth edition - see options at https://tinyurl.com/y87xp5xk.
Readings not in this book are available on Blackboard or linked in the syllabus.