This lesson tied together the three lessons from this unit: class, gender, and race. These 3 have a major impact on religion, and how we interpret that religion, which varies from individual to individual and population to population. But they are not mutually exclusive. Race effects gender and class. Class…

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Class, like many topics in religious studies, relates back to power. And power relates to religion and culture, and this cycle essentially repeats over and over. But class defines the culture, social environment, the way religion is experienced, identity, power, etc. In this lesson, McCloud mentions something that I myself…

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Prior to this lesson, I had a very different concept of sex in religious studies and thought it only related to the boundaries prescribed by religion. For example, the Abrahamic faiths prohibit sexual acts prior to marriage and homosexual acts are also seen as sinful. Most scholars in these religion…

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Prior to this lesson, I thought that the term gender was binary. Biologically speaking, a person can only be born a man or a woman, with XY or XX chromosomes. But I learned that the term “gender” entails more than that. Gender is part of your identity and people identify…

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