Intro to Religious Studies
Tuesday, August 18th
Resources from Today's Class
The Pale Blue Dot
There is an image of Earth that was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990 from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In the image the Earth is a mere point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Our planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. This image is part of Voyager 1's final photographic assignment which captured family portraits of the Sun and planets.
Where in this video do you religion? Where do you see spirituality? Keep a running list.
Survey by the Fetzer Institute
Surveys are not perfect reflections of what any society truly thinks, feels, or does. So many things can distort the findings: who you ask, how you word the questions, and what questions you decide not to ask. With that said, reputable surveys can provide useful snapshots that approximate thoughts, feelings, and actions. Use the survey to answer the questions on the Survey Reflection. For some of the questions, you will have to use our class's survey results (found on Schoology).
While you're at it, check out the Fetzer Institute's mission statement. How does this change how we interpret the survey? If the Fetzer Institute were able to shape & mold the world, what would they want it to look like?