So, yesterday, I started with a whiteboard that looked liked this:

I was spending some quality time working on the Religion 101 class I will be teaching in less than a month, Sacred Texts and Ideas.

I was a tad bit overwhelmed.

I’ve read.  I’ve thought.  I’ve read some more.  But I wasn’t sure how to you cram all the major religions and their sacred texts into a class schedule.  How do you determine that its going to take me only three hours to cover Judaism?

I mean, come on, people.  This stuff is challenging for a person like me who is not the brightest mind you come into contact with.

But I prayed.  I worked.  I read.  I dreamed.  And I whiteboarded.

I don’t know why, but Hannah laughs her head off when she walks by and sees me scrutinizing the whiteboard and dressing it up.  But after a long period of time, here you go:

It’s actually a lot of content.  I’ve got every class period covered and outlined.  I’ve got every test planned, and every assignment detailed out.

And I actually feel good about it!

I have finished the syllabus, and now just have to organize lectures and presentations.  I can’t believe I’m only a few weeks away now.

Here’s the layout of the class:

  • Overview
  • Worldviews
  • Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?
  • Role of Scripture
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • 10 Other World Religions
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

I have much more detail than that, but that’s the direction.  I am so excited.  I still have a lot of work to do for it, but having a direction for the entire semester helped me sleep better last night and excited me about the opportunities to come with my 30 or so students in a few weeks!

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.