Christianity - Five Faiths Project

WEB RESOURCE & LESSON This Ackland Art Museum site of the University of North Carolina features a background essay on Christian beliefs and practices. It links to an object-based lesson, discussion topics, and transcripts of interviews about significant religious stories.

Where Has All the Carbon Gone?

WEB VIDEO LESSON This lesson shows the continuous back and forth between science and religion. Here the controversy surrounding the Shroud of Turin is introduced. Previous carbon-dating techniques indicate that the shroud is a medieval fake, but new evidence questions the reliability of the dates the C-14 testing revealed.

Geographic Spread of Christianity

WEB LESSON Research Christianity, Judaism and Paganism, and identify cities Paul visited in the Roman Empire. Examine descriptive sources associated with one of these cities, and complete paragraphs from the perspective of one that had an encounter with Paul. This lesson uses the video "Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution."

Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays

WEB LESSON This lesson is focused mostly on holidays that represent and commemorate Mexico's religious traditions, and culture. The cultural holidays celebrated by Mexico today exemplify the synthesis of ancient Mexican religion and Catholicism. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe) is a Catholic celebration of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to an Indian man in the first years of Spanish rule. The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) is a celebration that has developed out of a combination of indigenous and Catholic rituals for honoring the deceased. MS

The Bible's Buried Secrets

WEB LESSON In this NOVA lesson students explore how linguistic analysis can be used to help identify sources of a text as well as relative time periods in which the text was written. This is one of the methods used by Biblical scholars to analyze early texts. MS - HS