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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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The Introductory Course

The Introductory Course

Less Is Better

(p.11) 1 The Introductory Course
On Teaching Religion

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a speech by Jonathan Z. Smith, which starts from the proposition that an introductory course serves the primary function of introducing the student to college-level work, to work in the liberal arts. He discusses the importance of stepping back and reflecting on the nature of the liberal arts curriculum; that every item studied in an introductory course must have a conversation partner; and that an introductory course should include a “laboratory” component.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, introductory course, college course, college students, liberal arts curriculum

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