Comparing Religions: Possibilities and Perils?
Thomas A. Idinopulos, Brian C. Wilson, James Constantine Hanges
Brill, 2006 - Religion - 320 pages
Given the fact that today's university students are far more culturally sophisticated than ever before, "Comparing Religions: Possibilities and Perils" brings together a distinguished group of professors of religion with years of teaching experience to address the central question of how comparison of religions should be pursued in today's classroom. Covering topics such as recent theoretical approaches to comparison, case studies of comparing religions in the classroom, and the impact of postcolonialism and postmodernism on the modernist assumptions of comparitivism, the volume seeks to problematize and interrogate the field, especially as it relates to emerging models of pedagogy at the university level. Comparing Religions will be of special interest to those who teach in religious studies departments, or who teach courses on religion in departments of anthropology, sociology, and history.
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Chapter One Comparison as a Theoretical Exercise
Chapter Two Questions of Judgment in Comparative
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