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ERIC Number: EJ1213192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Analogous Activities: Tools for Thinking Comparatively in Religious Studies Courses
McGuire, Beverley
Teaching Theology & Religion, v22 n2 p114-126 Apr 2019
This article discusses an experiential teaching method that uses secular activities that are simple, accessible, and analogous to religious practice in order to facilitate comparative religious study. These "analogous activities" -- for example, social rituals, stillness, yoga, a social media fast, singing, nonviolent communication, and mindfulness meditation -- provide a third point of reference that allows students to pivot between their understanding of religion and those of practitioners and scholars of religion. Experiential learning can be quite successful if deliberately sequenced to allow students to encounter a series of interpretive frameworks and structured with prompts and parameters that encourage reflection and critical analysis of their experience. In my course engaging in analogous activities not only impacted students' understanding of Asian religions, but also led them to question two previous assumptions: first, that religious beliefs were more important than religious practices, which is particularly problematic in regards to Asian religious traditions that place more emphasis on orthopraxy than orthodoxy, and second, that religion was something separate from one's everyday or lived reality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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