REL 205 (SSC)- Scoping Out Religion: Theories and Methods

“Religion” is a concept that people frequently talk about without much precision. In this class we will introduce humanistic theories and social scientific methods to raise the level of discourse around religion. Our local community and the news of the day will serve as the laboratory where we will learn to seek answers and ask better questions about religion.

Apprehending the “Essence” of Religion

Indeed, the comparative method has long been the preferred tool of those seeking to prove the similarity—and especially the equality—of religions across time and space.  That agenda, however, has not always been successful and has at times engendered ironically problematic scholarship.

The Parkland Survivors – Breaking a Habitus?

Front of Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School

An undergraduate student uses social theory to consider why Americans appear more invested in decrying school shootings than ending them.

The Science of Aesthetics: Rethinking Religion with the Five Percent Nation

The way a person perceives a sensory stimulus may result from that person’s cultural arrangements, suggesting that perception is trained or nurtured... If someone has been taught and surrounded by the belief that a certain sensory stimulus is powerful, then that person will continue to believe it.