Course Correction

Perry Glanzer on Why Religion Departments Aren’t Exactly Religious

I have come to the conclusion that teaching religion is useless and religion departments should be renamed. I say this as someone who was trained in a religion department and occasionally teaches religion courses.

When I teach a religion course, I like to ask a series of questions in the first class. “What do professors try to teach you to be in history classes?” One of my bright-eyed students chirps up, “To be a historian.”

I continue, “What are they trying to teach you to be in a psychology class?” An aspiring psychology student understands the game: “A psychologist.”

“What . . .

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Perry Glanzer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Baylor University and the author of The Quest for Russia?s Soul (Baylor University Press). He attends First Baptist Church in Woodway, Texas.

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