Dr. Jonathan Y. Tan
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(Religion, Globalization & Pluralism)

Tue & Thu 1:00-2:15 p.m. (Alter 307)


This course seeks to provide an introduction to the study of religion and theology appropriate to the modern, pluralistic context of today's world, as well as to provide students with a foundation upon which their subsequent courses in religion, theology, political science, sociology, and history can build upon. To this end, this course will explore and discuss the interaction between religion and the forces of globalization and pluralism, as well as consider how these forces are shaping and reshaping contemporary discourses about the relationship between religion, culture, society, and politics. As a required course in the Ethics/Religion & Society (E/RS) component of Xavier University's undergraduate curriculum, this course is structured to further the E/RS objectives of:
  1. heightening awareness about the ethical and religious dimensions of socially significant issues;

  2. enabling students to use philosophical and theological methods and principles effectively in the analysis of socially significant issues;

  3. enabling students to understand and to evaluate the ethical and/or religious content of social significance in literary texts;

  4. helping students integrate moral reflection and religious analysis into their study of a chosen major or minor; and

  5. encouraging the development of a worldview that is oriented to responsible action.

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Revision 2.0.2. Originally created: 17 September 2007. Last updated: 10 December 2008.
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Reza Aslan
No God But God
(Random, 2006)

Robert Wuthnow
America and the
Challenges of
Religious Diversity


Bruce Lawrence
New Faiths,
Old Fears

(Columbia, 2004)

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