We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'll be frank. I've considered the Great Courses for many of the religious/historical courses, but I've worried, as a Catholic Christian, about the possible biases. I'm OK with a Protestant theologian; I understand we have some significant differences, (today's Mass was The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in which we recognize the truth of John's Gospel 6:51-58, that in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the bread and wine, truly by God's grace and omniscient power, become wholly and completely the body, soul, and divinity of Christ, God incarnate. As Flannery O'Conner, the brilliant Catholic author, once said, regarding the Eucharist: "‘Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it."
One of my daughters’ best teachers was a Pakistani American who taught comparative religions. He was nominally Muslim, but had a deep appreciation for American religious history and it’s importance in shaping the nation. His classes were the most popular in the high school where they attended. His honesty in teaching Islam was surprising. I often wondered if he hadn’t secretly converted to Christianity.