Department of Religion

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the evolution of religious fundamentalisms and modernisms in the United States. Students will learn to critically evaluate scholarly approaches to the subject with three sets of questions in mind: First, how have scholars defined religious fundamentalism and modernism, and what areas of debate/distinction separate approaches to the topic? Second, how have key historical developments in the U.S. shaped (and reshaped) expressions of religious fundamentalism and religious modernism? In particular, how have various traditions adapted to new trends in politics, science, technology, gender relations, the economy, and immigration (to name a few)? Finally, how have groups typically categorized as “fundamentalist” or “modernist” interacted in an American context, and what theoretical models help us make sense of the relationship between the two? (Only open to Religion majors in their junior or senior year.)


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