Saturday, May 08, 2010

Dialogin'

This semester isn't quite finished - three more classes - but the mind starts to wander toward next semester. I'll be teaching a first year seminar called "Religion in Dialogue." Here's the course description:

This course explores three related questions. What roles has dialogue played in the sacred texts of various religious traditions? Is dialogue between religions — or between religion and secularism, or religion and science — possible? And, finally, is there something religiously significant in the experience of dialogue itself? Students read works as varied as The Book of Job, the Bhagavad Gita, stories of medieval Zen masters, Martin Buber’s I and Thou and Rita Gross and Rosemary Radford Ruether’s Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet.

But then this afternoon I was talking to a graduate student in media studies who is convinced that social media is transforming the world as we speak. How could I not at least raise some questions about the dialogical world of the internet (if it is dialogical)? There must be ways of integrating it into the class... Any suggestions?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You could discuss popular religious websites (beliefnet.com) and how they have contribute and/or alter religious dialogue (through anonymity, the use of avatars, etc.) or examine religious movements that exist almost purely through internet forums and websites (various "satanic" and wicca/pagan based religions). Or, if feeling risque, explore the religious environments of secondlife and its impact, or lack thereof, on the religion/religious dialogue of "fleshies".

-C