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Spring 2020: “Spiritual But Not Religious”: Spirituality in America — RELG 2660

Title

Spring 2020: “Spiritual But Not Religious”: Spirituality in America — RELG 2660

When

Mon. Jan 13, 2020 - Thu. Apr 30, 2020 (16 weeks)
Every Monday, Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Where

Maury Hall 209

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: Isaac May (ibm5us@virginia.edu)