Rel 95 Getting Rid of God? Atheism through the Ages (4)

From Aeschylus to contemporary thinkers like Richard Dawkins, for thousands of years many have tried to "kill" the idea of god. But can an idea ever really "die"? This course examines Atheistic formations, the rise of secularism, and voices throughout the ages to the contemporary "New Atheist" movement. Using social theory and the discourses of religion, philosophy, humanism, and popular culture this course will explore questions such as, “Why does the idea of god persist?” “Why is the questioning or abandoning of god so controversial and political?’ and “What social interests lie on both sides of the atheistic/theistic debate and divide?”  This course explores the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the western world’s most enduring idea. (HU)

Requirement: 
HU
Instructor: 
Christopher Driscoll
Availability: 
Current
Fall
2015
CRN: 
43 798