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What is Religion? The Apocalypse, the First Amendment, and Sacred Trash
RELI 151
Fall 2019
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CJST 151

Is the American flag sacred? How did Judaism become a religion? Does secularism protect religion from the government or the government from religion? Why did the FBI assault the Branch Davidians' compound near Waco, Texas thinking it was a cult, while those inside viewed the government as serving the anti-Christ? This class will introduce you to the ways in which we study religions by reading critical case studies including those about Muslims debating the hijab, the treatment of sacred objects in museums, 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: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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