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Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061856215
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 384
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The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy. Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life's basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible. Despite this lack of basic knowledge, politicians and pundits continue to root public policy arguments in religious rhetoric whose meanings are missed—or misinterpreted—by the vast majority of Americans. "We have a major civic problem on our hands," says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. He makes the provocative case that to remedy this problem, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. Alongside "reading, writing, and arithmetic," religion ought to become the "Fourth R" of American education. Many believe that America's descent into religious illiteracy was the doing of activist judges and secularists hell-bent on banishing religion from the public square. Prothero reveals that this is a profound misunderstanding. "In one of the great ironies of American religious history," Prothero writes, "it was the nation's most fervent people of faith who steered us down the road to religious illiteracy. Just how that happened is one of the stories this book has to tell." Prothero avoids the trap of religious relativism by addressing both the core tenets of the world's major religions and the real differences among them. Complete with a dictionary of the key beliefs, characters, and stories of Christianity, Islam, and other religions, Religious Literacy reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.

Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't

  • Author: Stephen R. Prothero
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0060846704
  • Category: History
  • Page: 296
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A religious primer serves as an argument for why the author believes that religion should become a mandatory subject in American public schools, contending that most Americans are not able to identify basic tenets of their faith and that key political challenges can be better met with faith-based resolutions.

Religious Literacy LP

Religious Literacy LP

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061233218
  • Category: History
  • Page: 600
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A religious primer serves as an argument for why the author believes that religion should become a mandatory subject in American public schools, contending that most Americans are not able to identify basic tenets of their faith and that key political challenges can be better met with faith-based resolutions. (Religion -- World Religion)

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy

A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education

  • Author: D. Moore
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230607004
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 226
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In Overcoming Religious Illiteracy, Harvard professor and Phillips Academy teacher Diane L. Moore argues that though the United States is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, the vast majority of citizens are woefully ignorant about religion itself and the basic tenets of the world's major religious traditions. The consequences of this religious illiteracy are profound and include fueling the culture wars, curtailing historical understanding and promoting religious and racial bigotry. In this volume, Moore combines theory with practice to articulate how to incorporate the study of religion into the schools in ways that will invigorate classrooms and enhance democratic discourse in the public sphere.

American Jesus

American Jesus

How the Son of God Became a National Icon

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466806052
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 376
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The Story of the Transformation of Jesus from Divinity to Celebrity The United States (it is often pointed out) is one of the most religious countries on earth, and most Americans belong to one Christian church or another. But as Stephen Prothero argues in American Jesus, many of the most interesting appraisals of Jesus have emerged outside the churches: in music, film, and popular culture; and among Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and people of no religion at all. Popular revisions of Jesus are nothing new: Thomas Jefferson famously took scissors to the New Testament to produce a Jesus he could call his own. In Prothero's incisive chronicle, the emergence of a cult of Jesus--as folk hero and commercial icon--is America's most distinctive contribution to Western religion. Prothero describes how Jesus was enlisted by abolitionists and Klansmen, by Teddy Roosevelt and Marcus Garvey. He explains how, in our own time, the proliferation of Jesus' image on Broadway stages and bumper stickers, on the cover of Time and on the Internet, in a Holy Land theme park and on a hot-air balloon, expresses the strange mix of the secular and the sacred in contemporary America. American Jesus is a lively and often witty work of history. As an account of the ways Americans have cast the carpenter from Nazareth in their own image, it is also an examination, through the looking glass, of the American character.

God Is Not One

God Is Not One

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1459602579
  • Category:
  • Page: 592
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fascinating guide to religion and its place in the world today. In God Is Not One, bestselling author Stephen Prothero makes a fresh and provocative argument that, contrary to popular understanding, all religions are not simply ''different paths to the same God.'' Instead, he shows that the differences between the major religions are far greater than we think: they each ask different questions, tackle different problems, and aim at different goals. God Is Not One highlights the unique aspects of the world's major religions, with chapters on Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba religion, Judaism, Daoism and atheism. Lucid and compelling, God Is Not One offers a new understanding of religion for the twenty-first century.

Introducing American Religion

Introducing American Religion

  • Author: Charles H. Lippy
  • Publisher: JBE Online Books
  • ISBN: 0980163358
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 291
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The American Bible

The American Bible

How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • ISBN: 9780062123435
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 544
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Since Thomas Jefferson first recorded those self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence, America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen Prothero reveals which texts continue to generate controversy and drive debate. He then puts these voices into conversation, tracing how prominent leaders and thinkers of one generation have commented upon the core texts of another, and invites readers to join in. Few can question that the Constitution is part of our shared cultural lexicon, that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision still impacts lives, or that "The Star-Spangled Banner" informs our national identity. But Prothero also considers lesser known texts that have sparked our war of words, including Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In The American Bible Christopher Hitchens weighs in on Huck Finn, and Sarah Palin on Martin Luther King Jr. From the speeches of Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan to the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ayn Rand—Prothero takes the reader into the heart of America's culture wars. These "scriptures" provide the words that continue to unite, divide, and define Americans today.

Comparing Religions

Comparing Religions

  • Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118281322
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 472
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Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world. A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religions Draws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practices Provides both a history and understanding of comparative practice and a series of thematic chapters showing how responsible practice is done A three part structure provides readers with a map and effective process through which to grasp this challenging but fascinating approach The author is a leading academic, writer, and exponent of comparative practice Contains numerous learning features, including chapter outlines, summaries, toolkits, discussion questions, a glossary, and many images Supported by a companion website (available on publication) at www.wiley.com/go/kripal, which includes information on individual religious traditions, links of other sites, an interview with the author, learning features, and much more

World Religions Workbook

World Religions Workbook

  • Author: Christopher D. Rodkey
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1411696212
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 60
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World Religions Workbook is a simple workbook to be used in college, seminary, high school, or religious education classes for teenagers or adults. The Workbook includes entries for every major world religion, blank templates, and an exhaustive glossary of terms related to comparative religions and the philosophy of religion. This is the student edition.

Terror in the Mind of God, Fourth Edition

Terror in the Mind of God, Fourth Edition

The Global Rise of Religious Violence

  • Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520291352
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 408
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"Completely revised and updated, this new edition of Terror in the Mind of God incorporates the events of September 11, 2001 into Mark Juergensmeyer's landmark study of religious terrorism. Juergensmeyer explores the 1993 World Trade Center explosion, Hamas suicide bombings, the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the United States. His personal interviews with 1993 World Trade Center bomber Mahmud Abouhalima, Christian Right activist Mike Bray, Hamas leaders Sheik Yassin and Abdul Azis Rantisi, and Sikh political leader Simranjit Singh Mann, among others, take us into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion."--Provided by publisher.

No Longer Invisible

No Longer Invisible

Religion in University Education

  • Author: Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen,Douglas Jacobsen
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199844747
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 208
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Winner of a 2013 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award Drawing on conversations with hundreds of professors, co-curricular educators, administrators, and students from institutions spanning the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities, the Jacobsens illustrate how religion is constructively intertwined with the work of higher education in the twenty-first century. No Longer Invisible documents how, after decades when religion was marginalized, colleges and universities are re-engaging matters of faith-an educational development that is both positive and necessary. Religion in contemporary American life is now incredibly complex, with religious pluralism on the rise and the categories of "religious" and "secular" often blending together in a dizzying array of lifestyles and beliefs. Using the categories of historic religion, public religion, and personal religion, No Longer Invisible offers a new framework for understanding this emerging religious terrain, a framework that can help colleges and universities-and the students who attend them-interact with religion more effectively. The stakes are high: Faced with escalating pressures to focus solely on job training, American higher education may find that paying more careful and nuanced attention to religion is a prerequisite for preserving American higher education's longstanding commitment to personal, social, and civic learning.

Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice

Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice

  • Author: Dinham, Adam,Francis, Matthew
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • ISBN: 1447316657
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 278
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This valuable book is the first to bring together theory and policy with analysis of key areas of the public realm to explore what religious literacy is, why it is needed and what might be done about it. It is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in the continuing presence of religion and belief in the public sphere.

Purified by Fire

Purified by Fire

A History of Cremation in America

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520236882
  • Category: History
  • Page: 280
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Publisher Fact Sheet A history of cremation in America.

American Heretics

American Heretics

Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

  • Author: Peter Gottschalk
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1137278293
  • Category: History
  • Page: 242
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Traces the arc of American religious discrimination, revealing a disturbing pattern of religious intolerance, from colonial anti-Quaker sentiment and Judaism to today's Muslins, Sikhs, and other religious groups under fire.

A Nation of Religions

A Nation of Religions

The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807876674
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 304
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The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities--Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs--are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values. For a generation, scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in 1965 catalyzed the development of the United States as "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians," as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it is both--but how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society. Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia University Stephen Dawson, Forest, Virginia David Franz, University of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose State University James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University Gurinder Singh Mann, University of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston University Omid Safi, Colgate University Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Asian religions in America

Asian religions in America

a documentary history

  • Author: Thomas A. Tweed,Stephen R. Prothero
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
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Asian Religions in America presents the breadth and depth of the American encounter with Asian religions through a wide range of documents -- written and visual, from both elite and popular culture -- dating from 1788 to the present. Selections discuss Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Taoism and their places in the American religious landscape. Entries are divided into four chronological periods: before 1840, 18401924, 1924-1965, and 1965 to the present The editors have provided an introduction that gives a brief overview of the key beliefs and practices of the major Asian religious traditions.

Teaching Religious Literacy

Teaching Religious Literacy

A Guide to Religious and Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education

  • Author: Ariel Ennis
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1351796771
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 110
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Offering resources and initiatives on religious and spiritual diversity in higher education, this book describes the conceptual foundations for teaching religious literacy and provides a sample curriculum with a facilitator's guide and assessment tools needed to evaluate its development among students. With a clear understanding of the diversity of religious and spiritual experiences found on college and university campuses, Ennis offers a much-needed framework for facilitating conversations about religion and spirituality in colleges and universities. By working from a comprehensive overview of NYU’s award-winning Faith Zone training program, this book breaks down the methodology and tools required to create religious literacy training curricula at campuses around the world.

Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch, Jr.,Joseph F. Kett,James S. Trefil
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0394758439
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 251
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Argues that American children are deprived of cultural literacy

Between Church and State

Between Church and State

Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America

  • Author: James W. Fraser
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421420597
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 296
  • View: 3023
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Today, the ongoing controversy about the place—or lack of place—of religion in public schools is a burning issue in the United States. Prayer at football games, creationism in the classroom, the teaching of religion and morals, and public funding for private religious schools are just a few of the subjects over which people are skirmishing. In Between Church and State, historian and pastor James W. Fraser shows that these battles have been going on for as long as there have been public schools and argues there has never been any consensus about what the "separation of church and state" means for American society or about the proper relationship between religion and public education. Looking at the difficult question of how private issues of faith can be reconciled with the very public nature of schooling, Fraser’s classic book paints a complex picture of how a multicultural society struggles to take the deep commitments of people of faith into account—including people of many different faiths and no faith. In this fully updated second edition, Fraser tackles the culture wars, adding fresh material on current battles over public funding for private religious schools. He also addresses the development of the long-simmering evolution-creationism debate and explores the tensions surrounding a discussion of religion and the accommodation of an increasingly religiously diverse American student body. Between Church and State includes new scholarship on the role of Roger Williams and William Penn in developing early American conceptions of religious liberty. It traces the modern expansion of Catholic parochial schools and closely examines the passage of the First Amendment, changes in American Indian tribal education, the place of religion in Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois’s debates about African American schooling, and the rapid growth of Jewish day schools among a community previously known for its deep commitment to secular public education.