That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?
By incorporating real life events into the classroom, the content of the class becomes more interesting and more meaningful to students. Further, it assists in creating responsible and autonomous citizens who are critical of the information presented to them in order to destroy the dichotomy of "us" and "them."
Between 1964 and 1968 Yale Law School was the scene of Perspectives, whose purpose was to encourage and sustain an interest among high-school students in the issues confronting a free society by exposing them to a variety of perspectives. Our goal was the development of an analytic and questioning spirit -- elevation of their social, political, and artistic literacy.