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ERIC Number: EJ853483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Secularism, Criticism, and Religious Studies Pedagogy
Britt, Brian
Teaching Theology & Religion, v9 n4 p203-210 Oct 2006
Secularization, the idea that religion would gradually diminish over time, was once widely assumed to be true by scholars of religion, but the unexpected resurgence of religious traditions has called it into question. Related debates on the distinction between religion and the secular have destabilized religious studies further. What does the crisis of secularization and secularism mean for the religious studies classroom? This essay proposes a model of religious criticism in the wake of secularism. No longer simply claiming a "view from nowhere," students and instructors can (by observing standards of evidence, reason, and self-disclosure) combine criticism with learning. Drawn from aesthetic and ethical traditions of criticism, religious criticism can be practiced by "teaching the conflicts" and through the pedagogical models of Freire and hooks.
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Language: English
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