Over in Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, I have an article that has gone to press. It's called "Reading Alex Haley's Roots: Toward an Anthropology of Scriptures."
If one goes into studying this video with a checklist of Islamic doctrines, one will miss out on what made Muhammad Ali not just one of the prettiest boxers, but one of the most fierce public speakers of the 20th century.
But I think there's something useful for thinking about the seasons in one's life and what one might do with the time one has. And I find that positively refreshing.
My penchant for backward course design impresses the need to consider method more and more. I'm asking myself what kind of work do I want students to be able to do by course's end. How will they know what they know?
“Religion” is a concept that people frequently talk about without much precision. In this class we will introduce humanistic theories and social scientific methods to raise the level of discourse around religion. Our local community and the news of the day will serve as the laboratory where we will learn to seek answers and ask better questions about religion.