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Teaching Religion

Advice to Young Ph.D.s in Religious Studies

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Circumstances may have changed. But in 1993 when I earned a newly minted Ph.D., a senior scholar gave me the following advice: "As a freshly minted...

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School –- Part 15

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Bible as Literature was part of a senior humanities English course that began with the Greeks and critical thinking, continued with the Bible, and concluded with a survey of British literature and an in-depth study of Hamlet.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Teaching the Bible As Literature in Public High School (Part 13)

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

This mythological framework explained not only the events in his life, but also those of the universe. The creation of the world, the change in the seasons, and natural disasters were all explained by the myths. He need never search for an answer.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -– Part 12

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students also received aphorisms for extra credit and homework. In the assignment below, students reacted to any 10 aphorisms from each of the three featured authors by giving two reasons why they agreed or disagreed with each aphorism.

What an Atheist Told His Daughter When She Asked About God

David Lesser | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

I choose to put my faith in the things I can see or that can be proven: my family, myself and, yeah, science. I do not always understand these things -- hence, the faith part. But, through my own experiences, I know these things are real. Other people may feel the same way about God.

Evolution vs. God: Not a Choice Most of Us Have to Make

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

More than 13,600 clergy from all across the United States have come together to assert that not only are they in favor evolution being taught in our schools but that such a position in no way challenges their religious beliefs.