ERIC Number: EJ853484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Critiquing Borders: Teaching about Religions in a Postcolonial World
Ramey, Steven W.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v9 n4 p211-220 Oct 2006
In a postcolonial environment, our students will encounter multiple representations and diverse followers of various religions outside the classroom. Students need to think critically about the representations of all religions and recognize the humanity of all people. Too often, students leave courses discussing one or more world religions with an idealized view of other religions that draws strict boundaries around the components of each religion. Bringing postcolonial thought into introductory and survey courses highlights the diversity within each lived religion and encourages students to critique those strict borders and all representation of religions. Based on continuing experiments with critical theory in undergraduate classes, the six strategies presented here use the diversity of lived religions to promote critical analysis of representations of religions. These strategies move beyond the rejection of common representations by introducing set theory as an alternative framework that students can use to theorize about the complexity within religions.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Critical Theory, Religion, Criticism, Religion Studies, Critical Thinking, Undergraduate Study, Guidelines
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