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Fahed, Ziad – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2020
While defining "spiritual solidarity" and its importance for students in a context of growing extremism, this article explores the impact of using a new teaching tactic: "Human Books." The pedagogical purpose of "Human Books" is to propose an interactive learning experience joining formation and information, where…
Descriptors: Spiritual Development, Learner Engagement, Misconceptions, Personal Narratives
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McGuire, Beverley – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This article discusses an experiential teaching method that uses secular activities that are simple, accessible, and analogous to religious practice in order to facilitate comparative religious study. These "analogous activities" -- for example, social rituals, stillness, yoga, a social media fast, singing, nonviolent communication, and…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods, Religion, Religious Education
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Hilton, John, III; Sweat, Anthony; Griffin, Tyler; Griffiths, Casey Paul – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2016
We analyzed 2,621 written student comments to better understand themes which most contribute to religion classes being rated high or low in terms of the spiritual benefit students received from the class. From 2,448 religion classes taught from September of 2010 through April of 2014, comments from the top 61 (2.5 percent) and bottom 51 (2.1…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religious Education, Spiritual Development, Student Attitudes
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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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Kanarek, Jane – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
This article explores a set of practices in the teaching of Talmud called "the pedagogy of slowing down." Through the author's analysis of her own teaching in an intensive Talmud class, "the pedagogy of slowing down" emerges as a pedagogical and cultural model in which the students learn to read more closely and to investigate the multiplicity of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Religion, Religious Education, Judaism
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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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Jones, Carolyn M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2007
The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is a place of hospitality and its staff the epitome of the "good host." This essay explores the meaning of hospitality, including its problematic dimensions, drawing on a number of voices and texts: Jacques Derrida's "Of Hospitality"; Henri M. Nouwen's "Reaching Out: The Three…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Spiritual Development, Christianity, Essays
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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