While I always find it entertaining to peruse the yearly Boulder County Gold and find out what businesses have won the popularity poll for the year, as an academician and scholar of religion at CU for the last 30 plus years, I continue to question the appropriateness of including religion in what is essentially a list of community available commodities. While there are those who for one reason or another are happy to place religion in the category of commodity, it is reductive to suggest that “best”, whatever that means in the category of religion, faith and practice, can be established by a vote, suggesting that the religion of a small congregation is not as “good,” whatever that is supposed to mean! The inclusion of religion in your Boulder County Gold is a form of reductive logic, in this case a reduction of religion to a commodity. Boulder County Gold is not the place to advertise religion in any form unless we are cynical enough to think of religion as nothing but a business, and big business at that!
Rodney L. Taylor
Professor of Religious Studies