Students will each write a short paper (1500 words / six pages) on the role that religion plays in some contemporary controversy. There are many possibilities:
- Religion in American politics
- Religion and science
- Religion and sexuality
- Religious terrorism
- New religious movements
- Religion on the Internet
- Religion and the environment
This project involves outside research. The paper should summarize the issue, describe some of the details, and indicate its significance both for religion and for society as a whole.
Students can expect to be asked to share their findings informally with the class.