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New Religious Movements

HNRS 2020 Sec. 064 - Spring 2023

Dr. Kenny Paul Smith Department of Philosophy and Relgious Studies

M W F 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
200 French House

This course examines a variety of religious and spiritual movements which are presently, or were in past decades or centuries, “new” to the American context. Examples include the Church of Latter-Day Saints (i.e., Mormon Christianity), the Church of Scientology, the Peoples Temple, Jediism, Wicca and Neo-Paganism, and the enormously broad and diffuse ‘New Age” movement, among others. On a somewhat deeper analytical level, our course locates all such movements in their proper historical and cultural contexts, so as to more clearly perceive the ways in which they, just like the broadly accepted religious communities, are shaped by that larger cultures in which they have their being.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences