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ERIC Number: EJ931482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
The World Religions Paradigm Time for a Change
Owen, Suzanne
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v10 n3 p253-268 Jul 2011
The teaching of religions has long relied on the World Religions paradigm to guide curricula throughout education, which has led to a widening gap, on the one hand, between what is taught in schools and in universities and, on the other, between research and teaching. While the World Religions paradigm has allowed the inclusion of non-Christian religions in education, it has also remodelled them according to liberal Western Christian values, influencing the conception of "religion" beyond educational contexts. This article argues that it is time to discard the World Religions paradigm altogether in favour of a more critical approach to the study of religion, as a constructed category, as well as a study of religions in their contexts. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)