WR Reading Guide Week 1

WR Reading Guide Week 1 - Kessler, Chapter 1: Thinking...

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3-5 Key Terms (for explanation, see syllabus) What is the difference between an insider’s and outsider’s viewpoint? What does this have to do with the difference between the “teaching of religion” vs. “teaching about religion.” What do you think the author means when he says that students of religion “presupposes a commitment to the standards associated with the secular academy”? What kinds of standards do you think he means? What does secular mean? What does academy mean? (2) You may find some helpful language in the rest of the chapter? What is the difference between being prejudice and having a perspective? (4-5) What is the difference between uncritical and critical tolerance? Can you give a contemporary example in which a religious group’s beliefs or practices have not been tolerated by a society or government? What is the difference between understanding a situation like Waco,
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