Cave 4 at Qumran, the source of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls (taken by Brian LePort on June 3rd, 2015).

Cave 4 at Qumran, the source of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls (taken by Brian LePort on June 3rd, 2015).

Religious Studies Resources for Young Adults

I teach Religious Studies at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas. It is here that I have collected (and continue to collect) some of the most relevant online resources for teaching the subject to young adults, especially those in high school. This page is not officially sponsored by TMI. The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization with which I am affiliated. Furthermore, while I may find an article or video pedagogically applicable, this is not to say that I agree with the author/creator, necessarily. 

Comparative Religions
What is Religion?
- Juxtaposition: "Behold, the World's First Official Pastafarian Wedding" (Huffington Post) with "Pastafarianismism stirs question of religion" (The Columbian)

Why Study Religion?
"Remarks at the Launch of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives" by Secretary of State, John Kerry; Special Representative for Religion and Global Affair, Shaun Casey; and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Melissa Rodgers (August 7, 2013) 

What is the Freedom of Religion?
ACLU Paper on the Freedom of Religion for the National Prison Project (2012)

Hinduism

Buddhism

Confucianism

Taoism

Islam

Judaism

Christianity

 

Introduction to Philosophy

The Hebrew/Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament)
Central Characters
- Dexter Callender, Adam 
- Carol Meyers, Eve
- Pamela Barmash, Cain

- Ronald Hendel, Abraham

Settings/Places
- Dexter Callender, Eden
- Benjamin Sommer, Sinai
- John Kaltner, Egypt
- Alan Lenzi, Mesopotamia - Babylon
- Leonard Greenspoon, Jerusalem
- Steven L. McKenzie, Kingdom of Israel
- Debrah Scroggins Ballentine, Kingdom of Judah

Peculiarities of Interpretation
- Shawna Dolansky, "How the Serpent became Satan"

The Christian Scriptures (New Testament)
The Family of Jesus
- Mark Allen Powell, Jesus
- Stephen J. Shoemaker, Mary, the Mother of Jesus
- Matt Jackson-McCabe, James, the Brother of Jesus

The Apostles of Jesus
- Davina C. Lopez, Paul, the Apostle
- Paul Dilley, Peter, the Apostle
- Harold W. Attridge, John, the Apostle
-- Christopher Skinner: Who was the Beloved Disciple?

The Friends of Jesus
- Ian Werrett, John the Baptist
- Kristin Swenson, Mary Magdalene
- Mary Ann Beavis, Mary and Martha (sisters)
- John T. Fitzgerald, Lazaraus (x's 2)

Settings/Places
- Michael F. Bird, Bethlehem
- Leonard Greenspoon, Jerusalem

Sects within Second Temple Judaism
- Joshua Garroway, Who were the Pharisees?
- Michael L. Satlow, Who were the Sadducees?