Contemporary Issue Paper

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
  • Islamophobia
  • etc.

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.