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The 'Make Your Own Religion' Project: Design And Analysis, Chad Bauman, Brent Hege Jan 2016

The 'Make Your Own Religion' Project: Design And Analysis, Chad Bauman, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The “Make Your Own Religion” class project was designed to address a perceived need to introduce more theoretical thinking about religion into a typical religion survey course, and to do so in such a way that students would experience the wonder of theoretical discovery, and through or because of that discovery hopefully both better retain knowledge gained from the project and nurture within themselves the practice of thinking more analytically about religion (and other social and cultural things). Despite a number of challenges and unresolved questions associated with the project, it has proven relatively successful at introducing and provoking theoretical ...


Breaking Bad As Theological Text: A Process-Theological Reflection On Theodicy And Anthropodicy, Brent Hege Feb 2014

Breaking Bad As Theological Text: A Process-Theological Reflection On Theodicy And Anthropodicy, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The recently-wrapped AMC megabit Breaking Bad (set and filmed in Albuquerque) has challenged viewers to reevaluate their assumptions about good and evil, freedom and determinism, and the possibility of redemption. Walter White, the protagonist and postmodern anti-hero, is a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher and family man who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. To provide for his family after his death, he enters the crystal meth underworld, eventually securing for himself a vast underground empire and a new persona as "Heisenberg." Over the course of five seasons White makes a series of choices that implicate him in deception, betrayal, and ...


Welcome To Bedrock: A Liberal Theologian Visits The Creation Museum, Brent Hege Feb 2013

Welcome To Bedrock: A Liberal Theologian Visits The Creation Museum, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The Creation Museum, established by the conservative Christian organization "Answers in Genesis," purports to offer visitors a realistic and historically and scientifically accurate representation of the origins of life on Earth according to the Book of Genesis. By employing all of the features of modern museums of science and history and elaborate cutting-edge technology and special effects, the Creation Museum intends to convince visitors of the scientific validity of a hyperliteral reading of Genesis's creation accounts and, therefore, of the truth of their particular version of Christianity. In my paper I will reflect on my visit to the Creation ...