ERIC Number: EJ1056892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
"But Aren't Cults Bad?": Active Learning, Productive Chaos, and Teaching New Religious Movements
Zeller, Benjamin E.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v18 n2 p121-132 Apr 2015
This article considers the challenges inherent when teaching about new religious movements ("cults"), how successful instructors have surmounted them, and how teacher-scholars in other fields of religious studies can benefit from a discussion of the successful teaching of new religions. I note that student-centered pedagogies are crucial to teaching new religions, particularly if students disrupt and defamiliarize the assumed and reified categories of "cult" and "religion." I argue that what works in a classroom focusing on new religious movements will work more broadly in religious studies classrooms, since the challenges of the former are reproduced in the latter.
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Education, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Curriculum
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