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
978-1845530129

Hughes, Aaron and McCutcheon, Russell
Religion in 5 Minutes
Equinox Publishers, 2017
978-1781794654

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