Dealing with Religious Relativism in the Classroom

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr.. David H. Nikkel, Associate Professor & Dept. Chair (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library

Abstract: Religious relativism often manifests itself in student essays and discussion in religious studies classes. This article sets forth issues and methods conducive to engendering critical awareness of the religious relativism endemic to contemporary North American culture and to many students’ own thinking. Included are ways to trace the genesis of modern absolutism and relativism, to educe how religious relativism functions (and does not function) in students’ lives, and to explore possible models of religious knowledge between or beyond absolutism and relativism.

Additional Information

Publication
Language: English
Date: 1998
Keywords
Relativism, Absolutism, Modernity, Controlling Picture, Difference, Tolerance, Indifference, Privatism, “Middle Way”, Incommensurability, Commonalities