Religion and Violence, Faith and Blood (RLST2620)


The twentieth century faced an unprecedented range of near-global crises - wars, depressions, communist-capitalist confrontation, ethnic conflict, epidemics, ecological disasters, extraordinary technological advances, the radical questioning of traditional values (along with secularisation) followed by reactive fundamentalisms, as well as serious tensions between modern science and religious conservatism. This unit considers how these crises have been addressed in religious thought and action. It will discuss popular mentalities and new spiritualities together with responses in the thought and praxis of leading religious figures.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd tutorial presentation (25%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x1500wd take home paper (35%)

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12 junior credit points from Studies in Religion



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