Spiritual But Not Religious: American Spirituality Past and Present

0056 [CRN: 25959]

This course explores the past and present of spirituality in the United States. Using the familiar phrase “spiritual but not religious” as a point of departure, this introductory course not only surveys the wide range of ideas, practices, and desires that Americans often associate with spirituality but also asks why the concept of spirituality has drawn those associations. Through encounters with such varied phenomena as suburban shopping malls, evangelical revivals, bestselling novels, yoga, environmentalism, and Oprah, students will reflect upon what spirituality's popularity illustrates about prevailing attitudes toward issues including institutional affiliation, religious pluralism, personal experience, consumerism, nationalism, and secularism.
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