This course offers an introduction to the nature of religious belief and practice. It will provide students with an understanding of what religion is, of the universal forms of religion and of the basic contemporary and classic sources of religious experience. Discussions of the sacred and holy, symbolism, myth, doctrine, ritual, death and the self, the problem of evil, the anatomy of faith, and the social aspects of religion will be addressed. Analysis of influential scholarship in the academic study of religion and the exploration and application of the diversity of religious experience will be explored. This course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement.