Spirituality and Secular Religion

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode THB3-SASR
Vaknaam Spirituality and Secular Religion
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 7.5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Spirituality and Secular Religion
Leerdoelen At the end of this course, students
  • will have basic knowledge about the diverse forms of contemporary spirituality in Europe and North America;
  • will be able to trace the historical lines of these spiritualities into the nineteenth century;
  • will be able to identify relevant theoretical issues in the study of contemporary spiritualities, secularity, and religious diversity more generally.
Omschrijving “I’m spiritual, but not religious”—that is what many people today respond when they are asked about their religious ideas and values. If we look closer at what this spirituality entails, we often find convictions about a higher meaning of life, about the place of the human being in the cosmos, about the sacredness of the world, about hidden powers in nature, and about modern physics and biology as not conflicting with spiritual experience. In this course, we will reconstruct the genealogy of these ideas and practices, which have emerged from a philosophical, religious, scientific, and allegedly “secular” constellation during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will trace the impact of these constellations on new spiritual practices from the 1950s through today. Such practices include nature-based spirituality, Paganism, astrology, shamanism, and related currents that have sometimes—and misleadingly—been called “New Age.”
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(Students will present the reading of the week in class (assignment 1) and will write a paper (assignment 2).)
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) prof. dr. C.K.M. von Stuckrad
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The readings for this class will be announced in the syllabus.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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Bachelor Theologie 2 semester I a keuzegroep
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Bachelor Theologie met Grieks 3 semester I a keuzegroep
Bachelor Theologie met PTHU-traject 2 semester I a keuzegroep