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ERIC Number: ED032042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-May-1
Pages: 9
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Religious Courses in the Curriculum of the Publicly Supported Junior College.
Tanis, Norman E.
This paper deals with the place of religion in the curriculum of the junior college, with due regard for the constitutional separation of church and state. For the author's purpose, religion is defined as "that group of concepts ... of theology that have shaped our Western culture ... and the non-Christian world." One semester could deal with the Judeo-Christian heritage and a second with Eastern religions, with a view to teaching the student to understand them, to develop critical, imaginative, and incisive reactions to the facts of history, and to be emotionally and intellectually equipped to cope with and tolerate the differences as he encounters them in our pluralistic society. Nearly all academic subjects (sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, and especially music, art, and literature) treat religion peripherally. Many of their themes are incomprehensible without an understanding of their contemporary religious influences. The author recommends that a course in religion should (1) instruct the student first in our prevalent Judeo-Christian tradition; (2) provide critical tools to evaluate the pagan, the Christian, and the naturalistic scientific mind; (3) include a study of primitive religions and such other great theologies as Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic; and (4) relate this learning to art and literature, to modern institutions and practices, and to religion's role in various societies and historical periods. (HH)
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