HDS 2360

Alternative Spiritualities in the United States

Daniel McKanan


This course surveys spiritual practices and movements that have been labeled as "metaphysical," "esoteric," "occult," "harmonial" or "New Age." Beginning with colonial practices of astrology, alchemy, and spirit possession, we will consider Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, New Thought, and their myriad descendents in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course will also feature field trips to two or three spiritual organizations or communities.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1562


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2015
Wed 1pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religions of the Americas
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None