Note to Students as You Begin to Read The Autobiography of Malcolm X In this section of the class, we will examine the ways in which human life is defined by traditions, including religious traditions. Human life, we will see, is largely a matter of
Religion and Tradition What is a Tradition? 1. Inherited, not created by individuals. 2. Provides established ways of: Acting Believing Reasoning Speaking Organizing 3. Arbitrary, but essential. Hmm. 4. Normative. 5. United by Story. The past of
Malcolm X, Tradition, and Religion, Part 2 What Changed Malcolm's Life so Dramatically? The Nation of Islam's sacred story: Offered a sacred story of black people as the original race, with whites as a race of devils bred by a mad scientist.
Malcolm X, Tradition, and Religion, Part 1
Emplotting Malcolm X
What characters and roles were available to Malcolm X? Which of these stories or practices offered him an identity he could live with? What did it mean for him to be a Christian, a
Notes for Reading Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard uses the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac to discuss what many people see as the essence of religion: faith. Abraham's story can be found in Genesis 17: 1-22; 22: 1-19. Read it. In one