Methods for Exploring Religious Experience

College University of St. Michael's College, Faculty of Theology
Instructor(s) Shantz, Colleen
Course Code SMB5961HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

Acts of prayer, collective effervescence, ritual action, ecstatic experiences have all left a mark in early Judaism and Christianity. However, despite the importance of religious experience to these historical movements, scholarship has been reluctant to explore these phenomena in their own right. The course explores various methodologies, and the theories underlying them, as they are relevant to religious experience. Topics include ritual, emotion, metaphor, and identity. Together we will consider the relationship between the methods and our research questions. Although the examples in the course readings will be drawn primarily from Biblical and contemporary material, students are welcome to explore sources from other historical periods.

Crosslisted to (1) Pastoral Thelology
Crosslisted to (2) Historical
Schedule Thu
Start Time 11:00
End Time 13:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Research Paper
Short Paper
Previously Offered Fall 2020
Currently Offered Fall 2022