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Oliver, Kyle Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This article presents a pedagogical approach to training seminarians for faith leadership in the era of what Heidi Campbell has called "networked religion." It argues that the increasing digital mediation of religious practice, expression, and community represents an opportunity for students to explore and inhabit ministry sites and…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Social Change, Religion
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Gottlieb, Owen – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
"Lost & Found" is a game series, created at the Initiative for Religion, Culture, and Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology MAGIC Center. The series teaches medieval religious legal systems. This article uses the first two games of the series as a case study to explore a particular set of processes to conceive, design, and…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Religious Education, Medieval History, Teaching Methods
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Lester, G. Brooke – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
Games offer unique possibilities for learning, and text-based interactive fiction ("IF") in particular lends itself as a low barrier to entry for instructors and students wishing to build interactive narrative games. Understanding by Design provides a framework by which to determine the best possible places for instructor- and…
Descriptors: Fiction, Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Interaction
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Delamarter, Steve – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2018
This essay distills pedagogical principles that have emerged through a dozen years of experience teaching a seminary introductory Old Testament course online. The rich interactions and social cues that professors rely on to monitor student learning in face-to-face classrooms are replaced by a carefully choreographed pattern of student learning…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Learning Theories, Educational Principles
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McCutcheon, Russell T.; Hollander, Aaron T.; Durdin, Andrew F.; Gardner, Kelli A.; Miller, Adam T.; Crews, Emily D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
This series of short essays considers the complex choices and decision-making processes of instructors preparing to teach, and continuing to teach, introductory courses in religious studies. In a paper originally presented in the University of Chicago's "The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion" series, Russell McCutcheon…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Introductory Courses, Instructional Development, Skill Development
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Bidlack, Bede Benjamin; Brecht, Mara; Krokus, Christian S.; Scheid, Daniel P.; Locklin, Reid B. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Although comparative theology is a continuously growing method in the study of religion, it is still relatively new and not widely accepted in either confessional or secular institutions. Scholars may face difficulty when seeking their institutions' acceptance for a comparative theology course. One way of generating interest and approval for…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Theological Education, Instructional Design, Institutional Mission
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Walatka, Todd – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
This essay argues for a particular form of student blogging as a powerful tool for generating and sustaining student engagement and conversation. After a brief discussion of pedagogical principles, "hub-and-spoke" blogging is presented as a means to facilitate a more student and discussion-centered classroom. Based upon recent research and the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Classroom Techniques, Educational Principles, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Hege, Brent A. R. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
One factor contributing to success in online education is the creation of a safe and vibrant virtual community and sustained, lively engagement with that community of learners. In order to create and engage such a community instructors must pay special attention to the relationship between technology and pedagogy, specifically in terms of issues…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Online Courses
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Carr, Amy; Simmons, John K. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Two troublesome portraits of religious studies professors often exist in the minds of some students at any given time: the Guru, or wise spiritual teacher, and the Deceiver. These metaphors capture student perceptions of us that may be ill-informed and beyond our control. We will examine and compare how our own chosen metaphors for…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Religious Education, Figurative Language, Classroom Environment
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Laytham, Brent – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Theological education typically includes classroom worship, a practice of great pedagogical power and curricular import. As pedagogy, classroom worship does four things. It focuses teaching and learning on God, and fosters theological dispositions necessary for sustaining that attention. Second, it rightly positions the entire class in dialogical…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Classroom Environment, School Prayer, Educational Practices
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Rindge, Matthew S.; Runions, Erin; Ascough, Richard S. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
This article begins by recognizing the increasing use of film in Religion, Theology, and Bible courses. It contends that in many Biblical Studies (and Religious Studies and Theology) courses, students are neither taught how to view films properly, nor how to place films into constructive dialogue with biblical texts. The article argues for a…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Biblical Literature, Philosophy, Films
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Kirkpatrick, Shane – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Teaching a required introductory Bible course to non-majors at a church-related college presents a number of pedagogical challenges. When considering how to teach such a course in the context of concerns common to the liberal arts, I find myself reflecting on authority. My thoughts on the teaching of this course in my own context are organized…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Introductory Courses, Church Related Colleges, Liberal Arts
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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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Patton, Laurie L.; Robbins, Vernon K.; Newby, Gordon D. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
In this article we argue for an introductory course in the study of religion that proceeds through interactive interpretation as a responsible form of comparison. Interactive interpretation proceeds provisionally, and encourages students to formulate new questions of the materials instead of making final categories about the materials. We use…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Religion Studies, Religious Education, Theological Education
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Alderman, Isaac M.; Beyers, Donald J. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
In an attempt to engage students' higher-order thinking skills, we developed a documentary filmmaking project for our introduction to theology course. By documenting certain aspects of the theology of John Wesley and John Henry Newman (God, creation, revelation, Jesus, the church), students were able to delve deeply into these themes, better…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Thinking Skills, Religious Education, Theological Education
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