Fall 2019 Courses

The St. Louis region is home to a diverse array of global religious communities. This course directly introduces students to some of that diversity by revolving around fieldtrips to living institutions and meetings with religious leaders across traditions. In any … read more >

Certain books, “sacred scriptures,” shape U.S. society and culture in powerful and complex ways. Many religious communities believe that Scriptures are ancient texts that are ever­flowing sources of timeless truths. Some religious movements, of which Mormonism has been the most … read more >

What constitutes a life well lived? How do we imagine answers to that question? Who gets to answer that question for us? And do we ask it as an “us” or as an individual? This course considers the way religious … read more >

This course introduces students to the history of religion and politics in America from the English settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay during the early seventeenth century through the constitutional debates of the 1780s. It pays attention to both formal … read more >

The goal of this course is to think critically about freedom as an ideology and institution. What does it mean to be free? What are the relationships among individual liberties, national sovereignty, and civil rights? In what ways has freedom … read more >

What is the role of religious argument in politics and law? What kinds of arguments are advanced, and how do they differ from one another? Are some of these arguments more acceptable than others in a liberal democracy? This course … read more >