Reflections on the Required Reading for a Calvin Religion Degree

Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, sent Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a book every other week with a note explaining why he chose this particular book. Having a hunch that Harper wasn’t a reader, Martel regarded reading as the dominant way humans adopt the perspective of another. 

Martel might need to send me some books. During my undergraduate religion degree at Calvin University, I didn’t really read female and marginal voices. And although Martel was concerned with fiction, the lack of voices of people who don’t look like me in nonfiction constricts the same perspective opening opportunities.

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