Research & Teaching

Since the project began in 2019, Lived Religion in the Digital Age has sought to create research and teaching resources for the academy and the broader public to engage lived religion and its study.

Research Essays

Essays narrating the creative and ground-breaking research of Lived Religion in the Digital Age's Research Fellows.

Teaching | Course Design

Resources for teaching and course design, developed by the Lived Religion in the Digital Age's Teaching Fellows

Introduction to Theology

Designed by Isaac Arten, teaching fellow.

A question based coursed organized around seven big questions that theologians and religious people regularly and seriously ask. The course also explores the results that the various ways theologians and religious people answer these questions have on people’s lives.

Students are introduced to the logic of theology, not just the “right answers” to theological questions. Students are evaluated on their engagement with the big questions, on their ability to use theology’s texts and tools to think about their own core beliefs, and on the skills they develop for recognizing theological proposals and their implications for
common life. See the full syllabus.

Designed by Isaac Aarten, teaching fellow.

MONUMENTS, MEMORIALS, AND RELIGION IN PUBLIC MEMORY:   As sites of public memory, monuments in public space that include religious groups, figures, and values in their commemoration of historic events reveal the sorts of religious identities are welcome in a community’s life and contribute to its ethos. Monuments in religious spaces that commemorate acts of public service lend a religiously virtuous character to expressions of civic duty. The choices made in memorialization allow scholars whose work has a public dimension to raise questions about who or what is publicly remembered and who or what is not. One of the primary objectives of my Theological Foundations course is to teach students to recognize theology as it is done “in the wild”: that is, to understand how theological commitments inform the proposals people make for how life should be lived and made meaningful in a community. Conducting ethnographic research on monuments in St. Louis and examining how they illustrate the place of religion in the public life of this city gave my Theological Foundations students in the Spring 2019 semester the opportunity to practice skills for recognizing the effects of theological commitments on public memory. Read the full project description.

Photo credits: St. Louis Arch Public Museum, St. Louis, MO (2019, Dr. Rachel Lindsey);