Fall 2015

To Be Religious and Modern

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-223

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Max P. Mueller (Section 01)


What does it mean to be both religious and modern? What is the relationship between religion and modern understandings of gender, race, and ethnicity? Are religious beliefs and modern science really at odds? How has religion contributed to making the modern world more peaceful and more violent? What role has religion played in creating modern, democratic nations? Through an exploration of the religious cultures of the some of the most historically influential democracies in the modern era—the U.S., France, India, with important side trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan—we will examine these and other questions about religion’s role in the modern world. We do so by exploring the interrelated themes of the “modern nation,” “modern belief,” “modern women (and men),” and “modern violence” in the U.S. and India, whose citizens are considered among the most religious in the modern world, and in France, whose citizens are considered among the most secular.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Mueller.


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015