Reli 140 syllabus 2011, final

Reli 140 syllabus 2011, final - ReligiousStudies140...

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History of Religion in America Religious Studies 140 Spring 2011 MW 10:00-10:50 p.m. Carroll 111 Professor Laurie Maffly-Kipp  Office Hours : Mon/Wed 2-3 pm, or by  appointment Saunders Hall 125 phone 962-3927 e-mail [email protected] Teaching Assistants: Office Hours: Shannon Harvey Fridays, 1-3 pm Sam Kessler Thurs., 1:30-3:30 pm Stan Thayne Mondays, 12:30-2:30 pm  Leif Tornquist Weds., 11 am – 1 pm Course Description This course is a survey of religion in the U.S. from the pre-colonial era to the present.  Our goal  is to explore together certain moments and themes in religious history that have shaped the  development of the nation, and to focus on how the diversity of religious life has shaped religious  experiences in our nation.  The approach will be  chronological , that is, we will move through  time from the pre-colonial continent to the late twentieth century, from Native American  religions to Puritanism, Evangelicalism, African-American religions, Catholicism, Judaism,  Islam, Buddhism, and Mormonism; but our aim will be to connect past events to issues and  problems that continue to affect religious beliefs and practices in our own culture.  At times, we  will employ a “case study” approach:  rather than trying to cover every significant religious  development and each religious group, we will look at specific events and ideas that have a wider  applicability.   Course Goals There are two main goals in the course, one concerned with  tools  and the other with  critical  engagement .  First, we want you to become familiar with some of the basic ideas, themes, names,  and organizations in U.S. religious history.  Second, we will help you explore and learn to  describe some of the contours of religious experience from a variety of perspectives, in order to  gain greater insight into how Americans have "lived" religion.  The first is only important in  relation to the second, that is, the dates and names are forgettable (you won't remember most of  them five years from now)  without your willingness to think critically and to engage with the  material .  On the other hand, critical engagement won't get you very far if you don't have real  evidence.  So, we'll try to develop the two together.   1
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We realize that many of you come to this course with strongly held religious beliefs.  While these will certainly be respected, we hope that you will come away from this course not  only with greater appreciation of your own religious heritage, but also a deeper understanding of  the religious experiences of other Americans, past and present.  The purpose of this course is not 
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