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REL 312 America's Alternative Religions 4cr * (2006-07)

America, particularly since the 19th century, has been a seedbed for the growth and success of a variety of new religions that provide alternatives to the traditional models of Christian faith. This course examines some of the early experiments (Shakers, the Oneida Community), some of the early philosophies and experiences that predate the New Age (Theosophy and Spiritualism), American success stories (Mormonism, Adventism, and Christian Science), and contemporary alternatives (Neo-Paganism, New Age Spirituality, and Christian Fundamentalism).
Triad: Philosophy/Religion or College Composition II

One prior course in Religious Studies or permission of the instructor.