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Andi Reynolds

Professor Suzanne Jacobs

December 2016
In what ways have you become more aware of your religious landscape?
To begin with, this class has made me become much more knowledgeable
about my religious landscape. Before I had taken this course I believed that Utah
was almost all LDS and that there were only a few other non-denominational
churches throughout the state. Come to realize there are many other religions that
reside in Utah like Wicca/Pagan, Buddhist, and Greek Orthodox. I would have never
known that these faiths reside in Utah if it wasnt for the projects assigned in this
course. In addition, some religions I had never even heard of previous to this course
like the Eckankar church in Midvale Utah. Also, I had the chance to go to the Islam
Phobia that was here at SLCC and afterward I had a realization that there are many
Muslims at SLCC. For some reason, I hadnt noticed the diversity that was around
me every day and it made me realize my religious landscape is much more diverse
than I thought.
Refer back to how you answered the question Do you believe America is a
Christian nation? Has your response changed?
Previously I made the argument that America wasnt too much of a Christian
nation because it is called the melting pot of all cultures. Although now with many
arguments shown in class I do believe it is a Christian nation. As pointed out in
class, our currency even states In God We Trust, I had never really noticed that
before. Also, while doing the religious landscape project I saw that all 50 states have
a mass majority of the Christian belief. And I did expect that just not necessarily
that large of an amount in every state, I mostly thought it was just Utah that had
the mass of Christianity or Christian based religions.
Do you believe the risks associated with diversity are worth it? Why?
I do believe the risks associated with diversity are worth it. Yes, there is a
possibility that it will just cause arguments and further separation of communities or
it could rid many misunderstandings or preconceived ideas people have of one
another. The more differences people encounter, or the more educated on others
they become, the fewer prejudgments or prejudices there will be. People are only
afraid of what they dont understand. So I think the more exposure society has with
diversities the better knowledge they will have to then realize no matter what race,
religion, gender, or sexual orientation, in the end, we are all human.