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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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Basic Problems in the Study of Religion

Basic Problems in the Study of Religion

(p.20) 2 Basic Problems in the Study of Religion
On Teaching Religion

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's description of the University of Chicago's undergraduate program in Religion and the Humanities. He says that by locating the program within the Humanities Collegiate Division and by utilizing a number of existing courses drawn from a variety of departments, they affirm their belief that the study of religion is a mode of humane inquiry, that the data of religion (its literature, history, etc.) are not the privileged possession of any single discipline. He also discusses the curriculum, other courses in the program, and the syllabus for the course designed as an introduction to a basic problem in the study of religion.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, undergraduate program, college courses, study of religion, humanities, University of Chicago, religious studies

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