Global Religion

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Global Religion


Dr. Nagy, Gábor Dániel

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Petőfi Building floor I. room II.


Every Thursday 4PM

Course description

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The course aims to provide a general introduction to the recent Global research topics related to religion. We will cover the topics of New Religions, Neo-paganism, Buddhism and other eastern religions, Islam, Religion in Central and Eastern Europe, Religion in America, Religion and Politics. Colleagues and prestigious invited instructors will present their topics of research in lectures. This selection of interesting lectures will enable students to have a good understanding on contemporary issues related to religion. The course completion will be possible by filling a test. The aim of the course is to provide an insight to the Global issues of religion having an effect on Global social changes, politics and processes.



Global Religion

Religion and Terrorism

Neopaganism as a Global Religion

Scientology as a Global Religion

Religion and Society in CEE

Woundedness and Religious Identities

Second wave of religiosity in CEE

Buddhism as a Global Religion

Hinduism as a Global Religion

Global Religion and Politics

Global Gnosticism in the 21st Century

Bibilical Arceheology and Global Religion

Community Organizing in a Global, Religious Setting



Filling out coospace test / attendance gives 3% each class on pass grade

Reading list

■ Beyer, Peter. Religion and Globalization. London: Sage, 1994.

■ Casanova, José. Public Religions in the Modern World. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1994.



Berger, Peter L., ed. The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. Washington, DC/Grand Rapids: Ethics and Public Policy Center/Eerdmans, 1999.

■ Griffith, Lee. The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 120 THE HEDGEHOG REVIEW / SUMMER 02

■ Hopkins, Dwight N., Lois Ann Lorentzen, Eduardo Mendieta, and David Batstone, eds. Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

■ Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

■ Juergensmeyer, Mark. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

■ Kaplan, Robert D. The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century. New York: Random House, 1996.

■ Robertson, Roland, and William R. Garrett, eds. Religion and the Global Order. New York: Paragon House, 1991.

■ Roof, Wade Clark, ed. World Order and Religion. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.


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