Comp.Phil.Rel:Religion & Violence

Course Description

In the last decade or so, a plethora of articles and books have been written on the topic of “violence and religion” and “religious violence” (they may or may not be the same thing). Although not all of these works have been explicitly comparative, they all, by virtue of their employment of the very terminology, partake of the discourse of comparative religion, whether they do so explicitly or not. Is there, then, a common theoretical move that links these seemingly naturally conjoined terms, religion and violence? In talking about “religion and violence” or “religious violence,” what do we gain? what do we lose? Given that the academy has, across the board, grown increasingly suspicious of talk of such universal categories as mysticism, myth, theology and, especially, religion, have we perhaps let “religious violence” fly under our theoretical radars? This course attempts to address these issues, and attempts to come to some common understanding of what religion violence is and what causes it.

Course Requirements

Grades will be based on: 1. Two essays of approximately 1500 words (50%); 2. Active participation in all aspects of the course (50%), including timely, thoughtful postings. Participation Grades will be based on the quality and consistency of your posts; this includes both your initial substantive post, and your responses to your peers.

Late posts will not be counted: seriously, this course depends on timely posts and timely responses. If you miss a week, you will not be able to go back and make it up.

By the end of Week Eight, you will submit a 1000 word (maximum) Evaluation of your postings for the course, along with the grade you believe you deserve. Although I will reserve the final decision in this matter, I will very heavily weigh your own evaluation of your written participation in the course in assigning you a final grade.

Incompletes and Pass/Fail are not offered for this course

Required Texts

Jun 14, 2019FriIntroductionsdue by 05:59AM
Jun 20, 2019ThuWeek Two: Thinking Theoreticallydue by 05:59AM
Jun 27, 2019ThuWeek Three: Case Studiesdue by 05:59AM
Jul 04, 2019ThuWeek Four: The "Logic" of Religious Violencedue by 05:59AM
Jul 11, 2019ThuWeek Five: Waco and Jonestowndue by 05:59AM
Jul 18, 2019ThuWeek Six: Religious Violence, Religious Identitydue by 05:59AM
Jul 25, 2019ThuWeek Seven: On Terrorism as Religious Violencedue by 05:59AM
Aug 01, 2019ThuWeek Eight: 9/11, A Different Perspectdue by 05:59AM
Aug 08, 2019ThuWeek Nine: Fractured Identitiesdue by 05:59AM
Aug 15, 2019ThuWeek Ten: And Now What Are We Really Talking About?due by 05:59AM