Religious Studies 2 - RETA8032
Title: RPV1-Religious Studies 2
Guaranteed by: Department of Religious Studies (27-R)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2022 to 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 2
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, C [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. Pavel Hošek, Ph.D.
doc. Mgr. Pavol Bargár, Ph.D.
SS schedule   
This course will introduce students to the most significant expressions of religion in the cultural history of the western civilization. A socio-cultural phenomenon, religion will be explored in its most essential historical forms with an emphasis on the role of religion in society. In addition to the sociological and historical perspectives, the students will also be introduced with the basic forms of religious faith from the phenomenological perspective so that they can adequately interpret past and contemporary expressions of religion.

Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (29.11.2022)

Halík, Tomáš, and Pavel Hošek, eds. A Czech Perspective on Faith in a Secular Age. Washington, DC: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2015.

Bargár, Pavol, and Peter Jonkers, eds. The Faith and Beliefs on “Nonbelievers.” Washington, DC: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2023 (forthcoming).

Berger, Peter, Grace Davie, and Effie Fokas. Religious America, Secular Europe? Farnham: Ashgate, 2008.

Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Stanley, Brian. Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Schmiedel, Ulrich, and Joshua Ralston, eds. The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2022.

Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (07.02.2023)
Course completion requirements

Requirements for passing the course:

·       active participation at class (incl. assigned readings)

·       oral presentation on a session theme of student’s choice

·       identifying media coverage on the theme of religion (1 text per a week)

·       final essay (ca. 1,000 – 1,500 words)

Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (07.02.2023)