What Is Religion?

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  1. John Dewey’s Conception of “the Religious” – The definition of “the religious” attributed to the American pragmatist philosopher John Dewey on page 5 of Anatomy of the Sacred is taken from Dewey’s lecture “Religion versus the Religious”, found in his book A Common Faith (Yale University Press: 1934). For your paper, read Dewey’s lecture in its entirety and write your own summary of Dewey’s ideas about religion and the religious. Also explain your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with Dewey’s ideas. You should also read and cite two additional academic sources beyond Dewey’s lecture and the textbooks for this course.
    Suggested Readings
    Dewey, John. A Common Faith. 2nd ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. Yale University Press. Web. http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/excerpts/Dewey_excerpt.pdf
    (Or: Dewey, John. A Common Faith. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934. Print. (Find it at Carlson Library, Call No. BL48.D4: https://encore.cl.utoledo.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1241098)).
    Baurain, Bradley. “Common Ground with A Common Faith: Dewey’s Idea of the ‘Religious’.” Education and Culture 27.2 (2011): 74-91. Academia.edu. Web. http://www.academia.edu/1109618/Common_Ground_With_A_Common_Faith_Deweys_Idea_of_the_Religious_
    Noddings, Nel. “Looking Forward from A Common Faith.” Education and Culture 25.2 (2009): 12-20. OhioLINK. Web. http://journals.ohiolink.edu/ejc/issue.cgi?issn=15591786&issue=v25i0002
    Hart, William D. “Reconstructing a Common Faith.” American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 29.3 (2008): 271-288. (Available through Interlibrary Loan: see http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ill).
    Deuser, Hermann. “Religion and the Function of Religiousness: John Dewey’s A Common Faith.” Religion in a Pluralistic Age. Ed. Donald A. Crosby, and Charley D. Hardwick. New York: P. Lang, 2001. 105-117. Print. (Available through OhioLINK: http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/record=b20513570~S0).