Essential Elements of Organized Religion

Organized religion adds structure and definition to the complexities of belief and faith in God, devotion to Him, and fulfilling the desire to please Him. Jayson Boyett, author of 12 Major World Religions, identifies three characteristics as essential to organized religion: Structured belief system Actions (rituals, deeds, conduct) Address great uncertainties of human existence So,…

Mass Media and Ethics in Journalism

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. —The Constitution of the United States, Amendment I Ethics Also…

On The Role of Film as Course Material

In the years I have been teaching philosophy, religious studies, and communications, I have used a variety of resources in my courses. Textbooks are useful in many courses and students are expected to complete assigned readings in order to be prepared for class. The same expectation applies to other readings such as primary source readings…