Class in the academic study of religion is an interesting aspect due to the many levels of society that class runs through. This lesson helped me consider religion in a new way, even in my own life. One this that kind of surprised me was the data provided by McCloud…

The topic of intersectionality goes the show the true extent of inequality in all its forms. This topic is important for understanding the complex relations of power, especially in religion. One aspect of a person's identity be it race, class, gender identity, or sexual preference is not alone. …

This lesson has taught me that Religious Freedom is a shaky process. Also, the Constitution lacks a lot of Christianity. Religious freedom is so important and is at risk in a multitude of areas.

Some prior assumptions of mine were challenged mostly by the true extent of compromised religious freedom…

This lesson really resonated with me for a few reasons, and I think this topic is very important to discuss especially in recent times. I grew up in a Christian church, that coming with very traditional views on sex, and this lesson has taught me a few things.

Firstly I appreciated the extent that Megan Goodwin goes to in explaining Sexuality in her “Thinking Sex and American Religions.” She distinctly states the differences between the study of sexuality and gender, explaining that they are in fact very different subjects. I found a specific interest in Axiom 2. Previously I had not heard of Judith Butler’s “heterosexual matrix” (Goodwin 775). Reading this and the background on Queer Theory help me realized the true extent of heteronormativity. I was also fascinated by Butler’s concept of performativity. I would love to look more into Queer Theory

In more recent years, I have widened my understanding of gender and the wide range that follows it. One thing from this lesson that fascinated me was Kelly Bakers' insight into the topic of gender from her post “Gender Me, Gender Religion.” She notes how wide the topic discussion is…