Atheism, Fundamentalism and New Religions (RLST1005)


What is the 'new' atheism? How have globalisation and new media affected religious practice? This unit considers a broad range of recent high-profile events and contemporary debates and controversies in religion. Topics include: the supposed rise of fundamentalism, arguments over 'the death of God', new forms of spirituality and enchantment. Through the use of case studies, from UFO-religions to The Gospel of Judas, students examine the overarching theme: What is the future of religion?

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x1000wd Take-home research task (30%), 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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