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What is Religion? Shamans, Kool-Aid, and the First Amendment
RELI 151
Fall 2020
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 261

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 does it have anything to do with their support for Trump? Can theology help us be better environmentalists? What's the relationship between gender, shamans, and Stalin? 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, Mongolian shamanism, Jerry Falwell, ecospirituality and freedom of religion court cases. This is not a survey of world religions, and once you've taken What is Religion?, you'll know why we don't teach that at Wes. You will also have a critical set of intellectual tools for understanding the role of religion in the contemporary world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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