I guess this is an introduction to religious studies, though it felt more like an introduction to social studies using religion as an example. Much of the course is examining sociology, psychology and anthropology and then touching on how those have been used in religious contexts.
The professor does touch on a lot of thinkers you don't hear about in other (less in-depth) intro to religious studies courses. The professor is very good about not dismissing outdated ideas, but giving them their full due. So if that is what you are interested in, you might like this course. If I was studying for a degree in religious studies I think there is good information here.
I think I would choose another professor, though.
At one point the professor uses the old analogy "if all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail" which is interesting because toward the end of many of the sections i felt like i was being beaten over the head with some point he was trying to make. Which is to say he wastes a lot of time repeating/over explaining things when he could be covering other issues.
If you are interested in how religions manifest different religious perspectives and how those relate to academic theories of religion, this is not the course for you.
If you are interested in how a bunch of philosophers and academics have tried to define religion without learning anything about actual religious expression, this might be of interest.
I'm giving three stars because I think others might like this course. Personally it was an annoying waste of time.
I think this novel is supposed to be a throwback to a hardboiled reporter/investigator, but I found myself completely uninterested in either the characters or plot. Minus some sleeping though parts (which I had no desire to go back to) I made it though the novel. Not terrible in any way. But won't be reading any other novels by t his author
this was not a short story. it was an outline for a short story. the plot points came like a bullet list. and in between there was a lot of repetitive declarations of emotions, as if saying it make it so. I will NOT being buying this author's novel The Returned. I do appreciate that there was a free download to show me just how bad the writing might be.
loved prothero's audio course Religions of the East. i listen to it repeatedly. but this book is mostly a rehash of that course and his writing is not as interesting as his teaching.
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