THEO 6901 Writing About Religion (Spring: 3 )
A course in the history and practice of journalism and other popular nonfiction about religion. We read articles and books that translate religious ideas for a nonspecialized, often secular audience, and consider how they succeed or fail. Sources include The New Yorker, The Atlantic, documentary films, and books about topics including Scientology, Orthodox Judaism, Roman Catholicism, etc. The course aims to give students a perspective on how the popular press has created the secular encounter with religion; to prepare students to think critically about their own faiths' presentations in the written media; and to prepare them to write well for an irreligious audience — that is, to explain religion to people who may be curious but ignorant, or who may be skeptics.
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