What does “spiritual but not religious” mean and in what ways does it overlap (or not) with commitments to religion and secularism? In this course, we unpack the categories of “religion,” “spirituality,” “atheism,” and “secularism” to better understand how they shape allegiances and dividing lines in contemporary social and political life. In the first half of the course, we will critically examine classical and contemporary approaches to these categories. In the second half, we will study three monographs in detail that discuss these concepts and their entanglements, calling into question fundamental assumptions about the distinctiveness of the categories. As we work through course material, students will conduct their own ethnography of religion and unbelief in the Hyde Park area.
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