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In order to do well in this class, keep up with the assignments and get used to using all the tools in this class. The three main tools used in this class are Slack, Medium, and the Google Drive. Medium is where you will post your perspectives and…

Before this lesson, I would have thought innovation was referring to innovation within religion. As in, things were added to the religion that were not there previously. Such as changing of scripture, new forms of prayer etc.. After this lesson though, I learned that new religions have been invented rather…

Prior to this lesson, I had a very strong understanding and close experience with Islamophobia. After going through the readings and listening to the podcasts, however, I was able to understand the different difficulties people encounter. Women experience Islamophobia differently, people in Europe encounter it differently, people in the Midwest…

Prior to this lesson, I understood that the KKK was an organization which set out to harm certain communities, but I did not know their affiliation with Protestant Christianity. I believe I was not aware of this primarily due to the emphasis of KKK hating Blacks, so much so that…

Prior to this lesson, I would have said that tolerance was the idea of accepting others beliefs, despite them differing with your own. After going through this lesson, however, I learned that tolerance is something different. It does not mean that you accept something, it means that you allow something…

Prior to this lesson, I assumed religious freedom meant just that and no more. Simply, that it was that everybody has the freedom to practice their religion. However, after this lesson I learned that religious freedom of one group, can infringe or oppress the freedoms and liberties of another group…

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…

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…

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…

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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