With the aid of the professor, students will confront questions such as the following: What were the great theories about religion formulated by Freud, Marx, Durkheim. Mircea, Geertz, and others? What impact have these theories had upon the intellectual development and cultural appreciation of religion during the last two hundred years? How do we maintain religious faith in the light of these scientific accounts of religion's origin, meaning, and purpose? How has science itself developed and changed in the last 150 years?
Prerequisite: World Religions