LSTD 2203: Evil Acts, Religious Reasons
One of the most perennial of human problems is simple: People, and groups of people, do terrible things to fellow human beings in the name of religion. Evil acts have been perpetrated in the name of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and all by people who felt their actions were justified.
This class is cool because it equips students with a historical view of how religion has been both a problem and a benefit to human culture. It challenges students to think objectively about their own beliefs and asks them to research the development and evolution of their denomination or faith. It also addresses an alarming question: Would the students, themselves, be capable of carrying out evil acts in the name of religion?
The class gives students the opportunity to ask themselves why people do bad things in the name of their faith. It gives them a richer, deeper understanding of their own beliefs and their place in the larger context of religious history.
“I hope that the course provides students with an opportunity to learn how to discuss religion in a respectful and open-minded fashion so that they take away a better understanding, and a greater respect, for other religious perspectives and beliefs,” said current instructor Frank Rodriguez. “My desire is to ignite a fire and instill a passion within the student to continue learning about religion for the rest of their life’s journey.”
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