This course offers a comparative study of the scriptures of the world including Jewish TaNaK, Christian New Testament, Muslim Quran, the various Buddhist canons, and the Hindu Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas. Students will learn important information about the historical and cultural backgrounds of these texts and some foundational features of the religions that these texts represent.

An exploration of naturalistic understandings of religious origins and behaviors.

Religion Capstone materials and submission links

Materials and links for the course.

This course is an exploration of the relationships between science, magic and religion from a sociological perspective (a functionalist perspective). Utilizing Max Weber's categories of mystery, soteriology, saintliness and theodicy, the course analyzes the ways these three diverging approaches to reality are similar and different.