“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.
ICYMI: On Kings and Trump Cards
A student asked me the other day whether King's legacy is something to be given up since it can be used for contrary ends. My piece doesn't answer this with a clear answer. I do hope that it leaves readers asking that question. To me that question is a prior step to ruthlessly careful and self-conscious criticism.
A Byte of Apple: Identifying Religion as a Social Technology
The issue in this discussed example is that if an identity is so ubiquitous as Apple’s enthrallment was, it can prevent us from realizing our conversion.
Syllabus as Contract, Syllabus as Charter
Beneath the fine print are tells from which the student gets a sense of your expectations for the learning experience--good, bad, and ugly.
Pyrrhic Victories, or Why Religious Studies is not a Natural Fit
I’m going to throw this out there: there’s no natural-fit position for the religious studies major.
And that’s not a bad thing.