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:
- Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?
- Role of Scripture
- 10 Other World Religions
- Philosophy of Religion
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!