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Religion at BYU
added Mon October 13 2003 at 11:46 PM
As you probably all know, BYU takes its religion pretty seriously. Most non-BYU people who talk to me about BYU always ask about this or that sports player that got kicked out, or that girl on MTV's Real World who got kicked out for living with a bunch of guys. Or, they are surprised that girls aren't even allowed in my room (not by my choice, but because it's a rule). We're also required to take 12 credits of religion classes. At any other university, you would only take that much religion if you planned on minoring in it. Pretty much, we're seen as a bunch of religious nuts.

So, since we're all a bunch of totally religious people, you'd think that religion classes would be pretty much a piece of cake for us, right?


Religion classes tend to be the hardest courses at BYU. Part of this is because the religion department seems to have to prove to us that they are not meant to be a blow-off class. We all have memories of seminary, where you got an A+ if you happened to show up every day, and honors if you memorized a few scriptures. Religion courses at BYU have to show that they are not seminary.

Like my current D&C class. One of the questions on the test was "What is the first word in the Doctrine and Covenants?" What The HECK? Yes, it was multiple choice. My problem was that I tried to reason that the first word had something to do with the theme of the first section. Boy was I wrong. Now, before you go look it up, I want you to make a guess at what the correct answer is. No, I won't give you the choices, because then you'll just guess. Needless to say (since I'm ranting about how horrible the test was), I was very sad when I saw my score.

I've actually gotten to the point that I prefer religion classes that focus exclusively on writing. At least when you write religion papers, it seems that you get rewarded for your effort. Effort in == Grade out. Tests with random questions is all about either luck or photographic memory. Apparently I don't have either.

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