ERIC Number: ED426019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Thinking about Religion from a Global Perspective.
Abrahamson, Brant; Smith, Fred
The Student Text begins with a comparison of Eastern and Western World Religions. The three interrelated Abrahamic faiths are compared with Hindu-Buddhist traditions. Subsequent chapter titles are: "New Religions,""Religion and Morality,""Religion and Science,""Religion and Human Life,""A Historical Perspective" and "Getting Together." An "Annotated Bibliography" follows the easily-read chapters. Analysis Materials is a booklet with a wide variety of items, and instructors can select those best suited for students given the time available. There are case studies, multiple single-page readings (with questions for discussion) as well as illustrations designed to trigger thought and motivate student-produced artwork. The three case studies are "Beginning and Change in Religion,""New Age Religion" and "Religion and Exercising Influence." The last helps students spot abusive or deceptive procedures wherever they are found. Selections not duplicated for students make excellent teacher resources. Often study about religion is neglected because instructors feel unprepared. The Teacher's Manual distinguishes between proselytizing and teaching about religion in an empathetic yet objective manner. Topics also include what to tell students about personal beliefs and how to secure school and community support. Other suggestions are on teaching about "abhorrent" practices, conflict among religious groups, and "historical events" accepted by members of only one faith. There are lesson plans, student activities, and evaluation procedures as well as an "Addenda." All Teachers' Press kits are open-ended, incorporating the authors' on-going work. Current technology makes "textbook lag-time" unnecessary. (AA)
Descriptors: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Creationism, Foreign Countries, Judaism, Modernism, Multicultural Education, Non Western Civilization, Religion, Religion Studies, Religious Conflict, Religious Cultural Groups, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Taoism, Western Civilization, World History
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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