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Gallagher, Eugene V. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
Stephen Prothero's "Religious Literacy" makes a strong case that minimal religious literacy is an essential requirement for contemporary U. S. citizens. He argues further that high schools and colleges should offer required courses in the study of religion in order to help students reach that baseline literacy. Beyond the general recommendation…
Descriptors: Required Courses, Christianity, Religious Education, Religion Studies
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Farley, Edward – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2005
The theological pedagogies which dominate degree-granting schools originated in the courses of study and graduate programs of the teachers. These pedagogies foster a deep rift between theology as an academic or scholarly discipline (science?) and the situations and interests of students. Students are taught to imitate what scholars do:…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Philosophy, Instruction, Scholarship
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Solvang, Elna K. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2004
The Bible is a non-western text subject to a variety of interpretations and applications--constructive and destructive. The academic study of the Bible, therefore, requires critical thinking skills and the ability to engage with diversity. The reality is that most first-year college students have not yet developed these skills. Rather than bemoan…
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, College Freshmen, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills