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No Longer InvisibleReligion in University Education$
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Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen and Douglas Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844739.001.0001

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Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

(p.58) (p.59) 5 Religious Literacy
No Longer Invisible

Douglas Jacobsen

Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Oxford University Press

What should an educated person know about the world’s religions? Religious illiteracy is a major concern given the world’s increasing religious pluralism, and many colleges and universities are seeking to address that knowledge deficit. This chapter provides a new structure for this educational task by identifying three varieties of religious literacy. Factual literacy is obtained by learning basic, textbook-style information about the world’s religions. Familiarity entails actual physical engagement with adherents from different religious communities. A third variety of religious literacy stresses assessment, reflecting on the positive and negative ways that religion can influence individuals and societies.

Keywords:   religious literacy, religious studies, learning outcomes, Stephen Prothero, 9/11, American Academy of Religion, AAR

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