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The Basics

Warren A. Nord

in Does God Make a Difference?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199766888
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.003.0009
The Basics

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This chapter proposes that if schools and universities are to take religion seriously they must require students to take at least one course in religious studies. This doesn't mean that religion can be ignored in all other courses, however; far from it. There must be courses in religion and there must be religion in (other) courses. It discusses textbooks and teacher education, both of which must be reformed if religion is to be taken seriously. It also proposes a few broadly pedagogical considerations for teachers to keep in mind in teaching about religion. Finally, if there are to be required courses in religion it is essential that religious studies be a field of study in all public universities and in all public schools. The chapter characterizes the field as it now exists, says something about the relationship of religious studies to theology and philosophy, and sketches how religious studies should be defined with regard to public schools.

Keywords: textbooks; teacher education; public schools; public universities; religion; religious studies

Chapter.  9871 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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