Course Description for Religion and Violence
Religion and Violence
This course will explore the relationship between religion and violence by looking at studies of several different groups (Muslims, Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist) that claim religious justifications for violence. We will then explore some theoretical perspectives aimed at explaining what many see as this paradoxical relationship. Finally, we will look at American cultural religion (sometimes called American Civil Religion) to explore the ways in which Americans have sacralized and memorialized recent acts of ritual violence. There are no prerequisites for this three credit hour course. Instructional methods include readings, lecture, discussions and a group project.