Religion and Contemporary Society: Diversity, Challenge, and Opportunity

School of Consciousness and Transformation PAR 5028 3.00

This course is designed to introduce students to the critical challenges and opportunities facing world's religions today. Set within the new global recognition of the irreducibility of religious diversity, this course is organized topically around a series of six key themes facing religions in the 21st century: ethics, conflict, gender, ecology, dialogue, and spirituality. The course will address such questions as - What is the role of religion in democratic societies? How do we make sense of religious violence? Can the religions collaborate in the service of the good? What is the relation between religion and human rights? How do religions reinvent themselves? What is the relation between religion and spirituality?

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