Maricopa Community Colleges  REL205

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 2-24-1998

REL205  1999 Fall – 2003 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Religion and the Modern World

Introduction to the nature and role of religious beliefs and practices in shaping the lives of individuals and societies, with particular attention to the modern world.

Prerequisites: ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]

General Education Designation: Literacy and Critical Inquiry - [L]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


REL205  1999 Fall – 2003 Fall

Religion and the Modern World



Introduce a vocabulary of modern religious studies. (I)


Identify and describe the major varieties of religious experience in the modern world (e.g., Traditional religion, Fundamentalism, Secularized religion, and Post-modern religion). II


Identify and describe significant newer religions (e.g., Mormonism, New Age, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology). (II)


Describe the presentation of religion in the media (literature, film, television, music, et al). (III)


Explain the ways in which religious movements use modern media to present themselves. (III)


Describe the ecumenical and pan-religion movements. (IV, V)


Identify and describe important social and global issues in modern religion. (VI, VII)


Identify issues that are likely to affect religion in the future. (VIII)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


REL205  1999 Fall – 2003 Fall

Religion and the Modern World


I. Vocabulary for Modern Religious Studies

II. Twentieth Century Religious Development

A. 19th century liberalism

B. The rise of fundamentalism

C. The traditional forms of religion

D. Post-modernism

E. The "new" religions

1. Mormonism (optional)

2. Jehovah's Witnesses (optional)

3. New Age (optional)

4. Scientology (optional)

III. Religion and the Media

A. The presentation of religion in the humanities

B. The use of the media by modern religious movements

IV. The Ecumenical Movement

V. Cross--Religious Dialog and Cooperation

VI. Issues in Modern Religion

A. Environmentalism (optional)

B. Multiculturalism (optional)

C. Politics and religion (optional)

D. The Global Community (optional)

E. Economics (optional)

VII. Significant Contemporary Religious Voices

VIII. The Future of Religion


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