Catalogue 2016 - 2017

REL 101 Spirituality and Religion


3 cr.

Course Description

This course begins with the question, What is religion? Is it a set of (theological) beliefs? A group of (spiritual) practices and rituals? A way of life? Does religion necessarily involve belief in God or gods? 

The course then goes on to compare a variety of religious traditions and to address such issues as how religion influences culture and how culture influences religion, the concepts of the divine and religious experience, the nature of spirituality, the origins of religion, and religion's psychological, sociological, political, and ethical functions. The course will not proselytize for religion or privilege one religious tradition over another. 

The focus may vary by instructor.


Formerly "Introduction to Religious Studies"




every semester.