Comparative Theology in the Introductory Class

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Peer Reviewed Articles

Publication Title

Teaching Theology and Religion

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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Theology


I teach an introduction to religious studies and theology class required for all undergraduates. Though students are religiously diverse and bring diverse contextual knowledge, most have little exposure to religious traditions outside of their own denomination. My objectives are for the students to personally encounter religious others, to intentionally interpret the rituals, meditations, or religious actions of religious others, and engage in a comparison with their own religious tradition or non-religious worldview.