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Bauman, Whitney; Marchal, Joseph A.; McLain, Karline; O'Connell, Maureen; Patterson, Sara M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
This essay provides an overview of the distinctive challenges presented to teaching and learning in religious and theological studies by the conditions and characteristics of "millennial" students. While the emerging literature on this generation is far from consistent, it is still instructive and important to engage, as students that…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Characteristics, Religious Education, Theological Education
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Smith, Brian H. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
Increasing numbers of college students enrolling in religion courses in recent years are looking to develop their religious faith or spirituality, while professors of religion want students to use and appreciate scholarly tools to study religion from an academic perspective. Some scholars argue that it is not possible to satisfy both goals in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Education
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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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Simmons, John K. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2006
This article revisits the pedagogical dilemma of maintaining neutrality in the religious studies/theology classroom. I argue that if the boundary between teaching about religion and actually teaching spirituality seems to be vanishing, it is because the boundary was inappropriately constructed in the first place. To the extent that the religious…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, War, Religion, Foreign Countries