Cultivating “Christian Anger”

A Warning from the Fifth Century

by Theodore Pulcini

Teaching religion at a secular college can be a challenging business. It is bad enough that so many of my students have had no consistent exposure to any religious tradition. What is worse is that many have had just enough to “inoculate” them against the development of a serious spiritual sensibility. Every now and then, however, I am stunned by the insights that one of my students will bring to an examination of religious phenomena.

Recently I taught our basic departmental course, “What is Religion?” As part of the course requirements, students had to attend a religious rite of . . .

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