ERIC Number: EJ853712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
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A Pedagogy of Dealienation: A Case Study in the Application of Peter Berger's "The Sacred Canopy"
Chance, J. Bradley
Teaching Theology & Religion, v7 n2 p101-107 Apr 2004
This paper explores the use of Peter Berger's theory of religion and its features of alienation and dealienation to lead students to the critical awareness of the role that human beings play in the construction of social worlds, including most especially our religious worlds. After summarizing Berger's theory of the alienating and potentially dealienating capacity of religion, the paper describes how the author used the study of certain biblical texts, the "Wisdom of Solomon" and the pericope of the controversy over clean and unclean foods, as presented in both Matthew and Mark, to explore both the alienating and dealienating aspects of religion as presented in these selected biblical texts. The paper also describes how the author encouraged students to embrace as the most responsible stance a dealienating stance toward religion, especially one's own.
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