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To: Caleb1411
Throughout the 90s, one of Harvard's most well-attended undergrad courses was "Bible" by Prof. James Kugel. It was a very "straight" (no PC agenda, no post-modernist lit crit) look at the Hebrew Scriptures. Further, Prof. Kugel was an Orthodox Jew. The year I took it, it had so many students that the lecture portions of the class were held in Sanders Theater, which can hold 700+. The courses are there, and people seek them out.

Philosophically, I'm opposed to instituting any required courses whatsoever at Harvard. You can be a good Christian (or Jew, or whatever) and simply decide to take Intro to Korean instead of a religion course. Or sleep late because you're hungover! Such foundations should be laid in other venues, such as high school or the home. But I am cognizant of the fact that, far too often, they are not.

Ultimately: (a) it's your money, so it should be your schedule; and (b) if you can get into Harvard, you should be able recognize what you need to learn in order to be an "educated citizen."

31 posted on 12/20/2006 1:11:30 PM PST by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: BroncosFan

You can be a good Christian (or Jew, or whatever) and simply decide to take Intro to Korean instead of a religion course. Or sleep late because you're hungover! Such foundations should be laid in other venues, such as high school or the home. But I am cognizant of the fact that, far too often, they are not.



You may be able to be a Good Christian or whatever, but you WON'T be an educated person. And that is the agenda here.


34 posted on 12/20/2006 1:43:57 PM PST by Chickensoup (If you don't go to the holy war, the holy war will come to you.)
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Nietzsche

Pardon my spelling


37 posted on 12/20/2006 2:41:15 PM PST by Chickensoup (If you don't go to the holy war, the holy war will come to you.)
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