World religions: seeing with, not looking at

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Stephanie Jane Lovett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: The traditional World Religions construct instantiates a nineteenth-century, Christian, male, Western worldview. Despite its apparent objectivity, it catalogues the peoples of the world according to extrinsic values and descriptors, and parades them in a pageant for the gaze of students. The valorization of historical origins, texts, and doctrines leads students to frame religions as static, logical, and intellectual, leaving them none the wiser as to the lives and feelings and motivations of those around them. This dissertation will situate World Religions in its historical background and critique the worldview it promotes as both misrepresenting contemporary religious experience and simultaneously privileging and repressing students. I will propose instead a World Religions course based on cosmopolitanism, care, and postmodern pedagogy that embeds the students in lived experiences, honors their humanity, and engages them in the worldwide human enterprise.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Critical Pedagogy, Education, Religion, World Religions
Religions $x Study and teaching
Critical pedagogy

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