PHIL 3205 Theories of Religion 3/0/3

Prerequisite: PHIL 2010 or PHIL 1001

This course examines some of the most important historical developments in the Western academic study of religion. Topics covered include: how to define and conceptualize religion itself; the role the concept of religion has played in colonialism and indigenous responses; the function of religion in relation to human psychology, identity, society, and politics; the insider/outsider problem; the distinction between religious studies and theology; and the role and importance of various aspects of religion including texts, practices, community, and institutional authority.