Faculty of Arts


Religions in New Zealand

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for THEOREL 201.


Auckland has the highest levels of religious affiliation and diversity of any city in New Zealand. This course is intended to help students make sense of this diversity. It addresses the following questions. What exactly is religion? Can we find a definition of religion that fits both the pre-Christian Māori world-view, post-contact Māori religion and the immigrant religions like Christianity, Hinduism or Islam, which have taken root in New Zealand? Does sport meet the definition of a religion? Have immigrant religions had to change in order to adjust to life in New Zealand? Is New Zealand religiously tolerant? What does it mean to be secular? How should we understand the rapidly growing number of people who claim to have "no religion"?

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Nicholas Thompson


There is no prescribed text for this course. Weekly readings from a range of sources will be made available online.


THEOREL 201: 15.0 points


Any 15 points at Stage I in Theology or from the BA Schedule, or approval of Academic Head or nominee



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