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What is Religion? Mystics, The Space Race, Kool-Aid, and the First Amendment
RELI 151
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

Were the people who "drank the Kool-Aid" at Jonestown brainwashed or did they die for a noble cause? How do evangelical Christians read the Bible and what does that have to do with their support for neoliberal capitalism? Can theology help us be better environmentalists? What's the relationship between Walt Disney, ex-Nazis, and the effort to colonize outer space? What exactly does the First Amendment protect? This class will introduce you to the ways in which we study religions by reading critical case studies about the Peoples Temple, Native American sovereignty, Jerry Falwell, Oprah Winfrey, and "freedom of religion" court cases. This is not a survey of world religions, but a way of asking how the stuff we call religion has been shaped through colonial intervention, scholarly collaboration, and legal expediency--and how it functions in relation to contemporary politics, art, and popular culture.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-23-2019
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