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Aidan Guthrie

Job Title:

Religious Studies Teacher


Religious Studies


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



MA Philosophy, The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union
BA History and Minor in Journalism, UC Berkeley

Originally from:


Why I Teach:

I teach because I hope to introduce students to new ideas, helping them to attain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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Why are the subjects you teach important?:

I would like students to understand that the diversity of our world is not simply a reality, something to be navigated, but is a strength to be harnessed. I believe that inter-religious literacy and meaningful reflection on the moral and ethical questions of our day is valuable for personal growth, and necessary if we wish to live as responsible global citizens.

Favorite quotes:

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently." -Maya Angelou

Favorite trivia:

Avocados are a stone fruit.

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Recommended reads:

On the Nature of Things (Lucretius), Mumbo Jumbo (Ishmael Reed), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K. Dick), Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut), The Odyssey (Homer), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt), A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation (Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez)

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