Contemporary American Religion

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Contemporary American Religion
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106: TR 11:00-12:15PM
Fall 2017
The Arts
Global Issues

Using anthropological and sociological methods, this course introduces students to three important faith communities in American society: Evangelical Christians, Muslims, and persons identifying as "Spiritual, but not Religious."  From our daily life in mixed-faith communities, to our politics, to our discussions of who Americans are as a people, each of these three religious groups have demonstrated a significant influence, and will, arguably, continue to play a significant role in our discussions of American identity in the future.  Following introductions to the theologies and social histories of each tradition, students explore the contemporary experiences of each group at their intersections with contemporary American society.  


Avery-Quinn, Sam

Samuel Avery-Quinn is a Lecturer in First Year Seminar.  He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters of Arts degree from the Iliff School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary at the University of Denver.  His research interests focus on the intersection of landscape, material culture, and religion (particularly Evangelical Christianity and Islam).  His most recent publications have explored class and landscape in the American Holiness movement, race and religion in post-Civil War Southern Appalachia, and the landscape theology and urban design of religious resorts in the Northeastern United States.  He is currently working on a study of the historical ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

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First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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