“You do not have to be good,” says poet Mary Oliver.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. 1,970 more words
Most Muslims do not believe that Jesus died by crucifixion (1). The Koran teaches that Jesus was not crucified (4:157) as Michael Fonner, writing for Journal of Ecumenical Studies, explains, “This view is held not only within popular Islam but among mainstream Islamic scholars” (2). 714 more words
We’re on a bit of kick looking for resources for teaching about Islam, maybe because we feel relatively ignorant ourselves. One of us lived in Senegal, West Africa for a few months and became fascinated by the pause in the flow of daily university life as large crowds of students stopped and gathered for afternoon prayer. 280 more words
One of the pitfalls of the “world religions approach” is students’ understandable tendency to want to fit everything into a paradigm they already know. Understandable, because the approach itself developed on the foundation of 19th century scholars’ and colonialists’ efforts to do exactly the same thing: to locate the religious structures that corresponded to the ones they already knew – in essence, Christianity. 316 more words