An academic viewpoint on religion provides perspectives on a wide range of beliefs, while being religious means devotion to a higher power. Religion courses are important in college, not only because they teach religion, but students are taught to develop a type of mindset and view that can be applied to all walks of life. Education builds a bridge to lessen the expanse between theory and practice, and it offers a safe venue to explore ideology and its effects on pluralism in society.
Where you find a love for music, there will always be a party in the making. The painting, The Concert (1623), by Gerrit van Honthorst (1592–1656), depicts an informal social scene where people gather to drink and enjoy music together that comes alive with illumination and warm tones. The party is open to the viewer as if he or she could step in and join. The merriment the performance holds for the five musicians gathered around a table and three listeners can be felt as one examines this painting. The musical ensemble in The Concert is an English mixed consort (Wheelock). There are both men and women seated around a table, singing and playing music with various instruments. From left to right, there is a bass viol, a violin, a bandora, and a lute. Those performing are dressed in theatrical outfits painted in bright, stunning colors. The women are also wearing elaborate headdresses. The musicians sing and play from partbooks as they are instructed by the concertmaster in red on the left, who is playing the bass viol and directing with his bow (Wheelock). The maestro urges focus, but the joyous quartet is having a pleasant time. The Concert by Gerrit van Honthorst is a genre painting depicting five musical performers and three bystanders; the scene is filled with a harmony between the performers and listeners that is directed by the concertmaster.
Atticus Finch was an Alabama lawyer during the Great Depression when racism was rampant in the South. He was faced with tackling the issues of racism, discrimination, and bigotry in the courtroom. With the help of his devoted nanny, Calpurnia, Atticus raises two children in this time of turmoil. She watches over and cares for the children for Atticus when he travels for matters of state, where he finds fame for his hard work and fairness. A single father with an important job, this man attempts to convince a racist jury that a black man is not guilty. He comes to find that justice is not welcome there in Maycomb. Atticus succeeds at being a great lawyer, a good person, and a dedicated father to his children, Jem and Scout.