By S. Brent Plate | “Let’s get in touch.” “I feel like I’m losing touch with you.” “That was a touching tribute.” The English language is littered with metaphors of touch that tend to revolve around connection between people. Such word use creates an almost psychic understanding that communication, even when conducted over Wi-Fi and satellite transmissions, can still allow us, as the old AT&T commercial had it, to “reach out and touch someone.”
How do you bring "sensual religion" to an online course? S. Brent Plate shares his experience of creating his first MOOC--Massive Open Online Course--based on his book A History of Religion in 5-1/2 Objects.
A young student of capoeira struggles to keep up until he realizes that drumbeats not only guide his movements, but also “knit us into the cosmic fabric of the universe, into the social fabric of families. . .and into the rich textures of religious traditions.”
A young writer discovers the power and spiritual significance humans have always applied to stones.
S. Brent Plate, author of A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects, investigates why bread has grown to be so central in spiritual practice.