RELI 150 - (IS) Approaches to the Study of Religion
Examination of basic methodological issues and problems in the modern study of religion. Discussion of theories of religion from several points of view, e.g., sociological, psychological, anthropological and philosophical. Attention to such problems as the relativity of knowledge and belief, the nature of interpretation, the status of functional explanation, and the explanation of human behavior. Course is designed to promote the development of students’ critical analysis and the oral communication of critical approaches to the study of religion.