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ERIC Number: EJ927759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Responses to the AAR-Teagle White Paper: "The Religious Studies Major in a Post-9/11 World"
Webster, Jane S.; Buckley, James J.; Jensen, Tim; Floyd-Thomas, Stacey
Teaching Theology & Religion, v14 n1 p34-71 Jan 2011
In October 2008 The American Academy of Religion published the findings of an eighteen month study (conducted with funding from the Teagle Foundation) on "The Religious Studies Major in a Post-9/11 World: New Challenges, New Opportunities." Re-published here, this AAR-Teagle White Paper provides the opportunity for four respondents to raise issues and questions about the teaching of religion in their own institutional contexts. First, Jane Webster describes how the White Paper's "five characteristics of the religion major" find expression in her biblical literature course. Then James Buckley suggests some of the general level teaching issues provoked by the study and analyzes how well the White Paper aligns with how the teaching of religion is conceived in his Catholic university context. Tim Jensen draws comparisons between the White Paper and the higher education structures and goals from his university context in Denmark, raising questions about what motivates students to major in religious studies, the "utility" of a religious studies major, and whether students' religious and spiritual concerns ought to enter the classroom. And finally Stacey Floyd-Thomas finds surprising similarities between the state of the religion major and the various crises facing contemporary North American theological education. (Contains 42 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; North America