Case Studies

The Religious Literacy Project has developed a series of case studies that illustrate how religious traditions deal in diverse ways with issues of climate change, gender, minority status in the United States, and violence and peace. These case studies can be used on their own or in conjunction with the Religion Profiles and/or Country Profiles. Each case study uses the method of the Religious Literacy Project and seeks to demonstrate that the religious tradition it discusses is internally diverse, changes over time, and is embedded in culture. Please see Our Approach for additional information on how we study religion.

Buddhism

Buddhist temple

 

Climate Change

Pollution and Waste in Thailand

 

 

 

Buddhism gender-- monk sitting in field

 

Gender

The Ordination of Nuns in Sri Lanka

 

 

 

Japanese Internment Camp

 

Minority in America

Buddhism in Japanese-American Internment Camps

 

 

 

 

Monks in Myanmar

 

Violence and Peace

Conflict in Myanmar

Christianity

Pope and Patriarch Climate Change

 

Climate Change

Christianity and UN Climate Accords

 

 

 

Rainbow flags around Methodist church

 

Gender

Sexuality and the United Methodists

 

 

 

Christian Science Temple in Boston

Minority in America

Christian Scientists in the Courts

 

 

 

 

students at a residential school in canada

 

Violence and Peace

Residential Schools of Canada

Hinduism

Ganges River

 

Climate Change

Pollution and India's Living River

 

 

 

Hinduism and gender

 

Gender

The Third Gender and Hijras

 

 

 

American Hindus

 

Minority in America

Hindus in American Textbooks

 

 

 

Rama and Sita at a temple in Ayodhya

 

Violence and Peace

Destruction of the Ayodhya Mosque

Islam

Indonesian firefighters in Borneo

 

Climate Change

Environmental Fatwas of Indonesia

 

 

 

Members of Sisters in Islam

 

Gender

Malaysia's Sisters in Islam (SIS)

 

 

 

Congressman Keith Ellison swearing in

 

Minority in America

African American Muslims

 

 

 

Egyptian protest in 2013

 

Violence and Peace

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Judaism

Climate march in NYC

 

Climate Change

Jews and Fossil Fuel Exploration

 

 

 

Women of the Wall

 

Gender

The Women of the Wall (WOW)

 

 

 

Heschel and King

 

Minority in America

The Racial Identity of US Jews

 

 

 

Israeli missle defense

 

Violence and Peace

Jews and Nuclear Weapons

 

 
The case studies on this page were created by Kristofer Rhude (MDiv'18) for the Religious Literacy Project under the editorial direction of Dr. Diane L. Moore.