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RELI 101 Planning

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!