Enjoy reading the articles below as a creative stimulus, and then practice using the discussion board to introduce yourself. Tell us what you want us to know about you. Please share with us a specific experience as it relates to your religious views and beliefs – this will lead to greater dialogue and provide a point of reference which will enrich the class for all of us. Use and document at least one of the articles to aid in describing your views on the topic of religion. Choose an article that applies to you; do not use an article to critique another group or generation – we are looking for common ground..
· Notice there are two paragraphs.
· In one paragraph you tell us whatever you want us to know about you that will enrich the class experience for all of us. Be sure to include a specific personal experience/example dealing with the area of religion (it can be positive, negative, or anywhere in-between) (2 points).
· In the second paragraph, select and document one article which most closely resembles your currently held views on religion, then use it to help you describe your personal experience on the matter. Do not simply express agreement or disagreement with the article, demonstrate how it resonates with your views. (2 points)
· Finally, note the documentation format and imitate it in your post. (1 point)
Use this sample to compose or to update your own introduction. Link to Sample Introduction
Jessica Bennett, Learning to Fail NYTimes June 25, 2017 (Document as Bennett 2017)
Peter Beinart, Breaking Faith: as American churchgoing has declined, politics has grown more vicious and convulsive than ever. Atlantic (April 2017): 15-17. (Document as Beinart 2017)
Kate Bowler, Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me Bowler_2016.pdf (Document as Bowler 2016)
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life (NY Times Magazine March 30, 2017). (Document as Brodesser-Akner 2017)
Matthew Hutson, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane Link to Mossop_2012.pdf (Document as: Hutson 2012)
Ellis Jeter, White Shirt, Black Name Tag, Big Secret. NYTimes (May 14, 2017). (Document as Jeter 2017)