Spring 2023
CRN: 15289
REL 4010 - Animals and Religion

This course examines connections between animals and religion from a variety of perspectives and drawing on data from many times, places, and religious traditions. Questions that will be explored include: How are animals thought about in particular theological traditions, in terms of their relationships to god(s), human beings, and the natural world' their possession of souls, their place in the afterlife, and so on? How are animals depicted in religious myths? How are animals used or involved in religious rituals? Can animals be thought of as having or practicing religion? How do religious ideas about animals influence and interact with ethical considerations about the exploitation of animals for food, labor, medical and chemical testing, companionship, entertainment, and so on? What relationships do religions have with animal liberation and vegan philosophies and movements? This course satisfies WMU Essential Studies Level 3: Connections – Global Perspectives Category.

Additional Information

Campus: Main
Schedule Type: Seminar or Studio
Instructional Method: Traditional
Attribute: Ethical&Critical Thinking SLO           Global Awareness SLO           Global Perspectives           Written Communication SLO

Instructor(s): Wanner, Kevin J (Primary)

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