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Spring 2018: Spiritual But Not Religious: Spirituality in America - RELG 2660

Title

Spring 2018: Spiritual But Not Religious: Spirituality in America - RELG 2660

When

Wed. Jan 17, 2018 - Tue. May 1, 2018 (15 weeks)
Every Monday, Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Where

Nau Hall 101

This course asks: What does "spiritual but not religious" mean, and why has it become such a pervasive idea in modern America? We'll study everything from AA to yoga to Zen meditation, with stops in Christian rock, Beat poetry, Abstract Expressionist painting, and more. In the end, we'll come to see spirituality in America as a complex intermingling of the great world religions, modern psychology, and a crassly commercialized culture industry.
 
* 3 credits
Instructor: Matthew Hedstrom (hedstrom@virginia.edu