It’s the time of year when professors get the pleasure (?) of grading final exams. While most students do well, there are always some who were too busy surreptitiously surfing Facebook, flirting with classmates, or staring blankly out the window to have absorbed the material correctly. Their answers on exams are often eye-opening, revealing important new information to the professor. Here are some examples from a just-completed course on religion in America.
Did you know that:
Billy Graham is a former president of the United States of America.
There was a big debate in 19th century Protestantism. Conservatives taught that God believed in Adam and Eve, whereas liberals taught that God did not believe in the Bible.
Starhawk thought Jesus was the ultimate trip.
“Anchored to the rock, geared to the times” was the motto of the feminist movement.
19th century anti-Catholics created the Know It All Party.
The popularity of Transcendentalism led Lisa Simpson to become a Buddhist.
“Unitarians believe in a rational approach to religion as opposed to the emotional ridiculousness of some other groups.”
There is a form of Judaism that holds stricly to tradition, unlike the Reform and Conservative movements. It is called Paradox Judaism.