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CFS 134 Book Club

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Tiffany Major

on 2 May 2014

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Transcript of CFS 134 Book Club

In one chapter, Priscilla mentions that she feels unsafe in public but feels that her car is her “own private space capsule" (p. 26) She wasn’t the only person to fear something would happen to her after 9/11, and that being where we feel comfortable would keep us safe. Personally I believe many of us had that fear, that terrorism was going to strike again. I still wonder why she had that fear, if she wasn't among the group that was being threatened. -Yahaira
The reader gets different perspectives into other religious groups, which can help lessen tension felt towards other religions by the reader based on fearing the unknown. The book gives a personal touch on religion and was easy to read so that all have access, which is important. They explained their cultural traditions and terms and did not assume the reader had prior knowledge of them. This provided basic background knowledge of other religions and allowed for mutual understanding and respect.
Tension & Understanding
Insight:Historical Relevence
There was a lot of cultural knowledge presented in the book from all three writers including the real meaning of jihad (p. 12), the Denmark publication of Muhamad cartoons as a test of free expression (p. 74), and the intensity of the conflict between Israeli and Palestinian that uprooted ancient olive trees and killed innocent children picking strawberries (p. 253). All this information is important because people need to understand the importance of historical incidents and how they relate to the tensions present today; including the lessons that can be learned.
Insight: Opportunity
There was a lot of heated discussion presented in the reading (Crucifixion ch.4, the creation of Israel as a state, ch.9). This really showed the different views of everyone and that misunderstandings are easy. This also shows how it is important to be open to talk about your religion because even though there may be tension at first if you don’t talk about it than nothing changes. When you do discuss your faith with others, it is a learning process and opportunity to discover those around you. Seeing that each of these ladies were able to express such strong religious beliefs and regardless of the religious differences, they were able to accept that they each believe in the same God. Religion holds many different debates with all sorts of different interpretations.
The Faith Club
draws an image of understanding for others. In order to have relations with others, it is important to see life through their eyes. These three ladies gained immense amounts of knowledge from each other and throughout this book they taught more than just religion. The reader learns to cherish individuals for their own ideals because each person provides a life’s lesson for another.
Personal Reflections
The cultural stories and anecdotes like the Paper Bag story (p. 89-90) get the reader reflecting on their own views about life and other cultures.The Paper Bag story (p. 89-90) really impacted me because I thought about all the things I complain about and if I had to choose someone else’s problems, I wouldn’t. I need to change my outlook on life and be more positive. This even impacted me on a religious level as I thought about Jesus' sacrifices. I couldn't imagine picking up His paper bag. -Tiffany
Jessica Delatorre, Tiffany Major, Yahaira Sanchez, Danae Wells

CFS 134 Book Club
The Faith Club
Written by: Ranya Idliby,
Suzanne Oliver, and
Priscilla Warner
This Semester's Book:
I am confident in my religion but this book allowed me to gain insight of other religions and realize what some have had to go through because of their religion, (Palestinian Displacement, p. 18, the term “Christ Killer” and it’s implications, p.38).
The Faith Club
changed my way of thinking. I realized that my religion is not the same as everyone else. We all may have different religions and beliefs but we are all the same in some type of way because we all believe and have faith in God. -Jessica

I have a strong belief that contradicts the book, in the case that Ranya tells Suzanne that Jesus is a mortal man and not the Son of God. As for my beliefs, Jesus IS the son of God. My morals and beliefs, caused me to feel anger and resentment towards the members of
The Faith Club
. Future readers of
The Faith Club
should know that this book is strongly religious, where the three authors are focused on their religion and what they have encountered in their lives, as well as being part of
The Faith Club
. -Yahaira

Is This Book For You?
If you want to know more about other religions, OR if you want to find connections between the three religions in the book (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) than this book may be for you.
Maybe you want to know how to start a faith based conversation, reading The Faith Club may help. As you read about their conversations and get a feel for how they went you can anticipate what topics will lead where.There is a lot of heated discussion throughout the book and this may help with the understanding that religion is complicated and has many approaches.
Coming from a background where my religion was set, but not emphasized, this book allowed me to open up my own eyes to the true controversies among the different religions. To me, the highlight of this book was the strong conflict between Suzanne and Priscilla’s religions, Christianity and Judaism. Coming from a Catholic background, I uphold many of the same beliefs as Christianity. When Priscilla jumped to the conclusion that Suzanne was calling the Jews “Christ killers,” I had personally never heard of the term before. My own religious education stopped at a young age, so while I was reading the Crucifixion Crisis, I was also being reeducated. I was intrigued to hear Priscilla’s interpretation of Suzanne’s story. Throughout their arguments and critiquing it was clear that they each were providing valid reasoning. While Suzanne went home and edited her story, it showed that her true intentions were never to point fingers. -Danae
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