Russell McCutcheon

By appointment

Keeley McMurray

Savannah Finver

REL 100.001 Introduction to Religious Studies

This Core Humanities course examines the relationships between religion and human beliefs, practices, & culture; surveys debates in the history of the field, e.g., definition of religion, insider/outsider problem, & theories about the origins and function of religion. The course ends with considering two case studies from the US Supreme Court in which the decision hinged on classifying something as religion (or not). An ideal Humanities Core course as well as intro to the study of religion as carried out in a public university. HU INB

T, R | 11:00-12:15

FA 214

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McCutcheon, Russell
Studying Religion: An Introduction
Routledge, 2007

Hughes, Aaron and McCutcheon, Russell
Religion in 5 Minutes
Equinox Publishers, 2017

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For those students in the process of purchasing course books early in the semester, the first few readings for quizzes (as listed on the syllabus) are available as PDFs here:

Religion in 5 Minutes, chpt. 1

Religion in 5 Minutes, chpt. 3

Religion in 5 Minutes, chpt. 7

Religion in 5 Minutes, chpt. 4



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