Religious Pluralism in the Academy (Studies in Education and Spirituality; Vol.2): Opening the Dialogue

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This book argues that American colleges and universities need to enlarge their understanding of pluralism and multiculturalism by sponsoring open, challenging, spiritually and educationally revitalizing conversations among students about genuine religious difference. Although religious difference is a pivotal component of cultural pluralism, too often today it gets ignored, marginalized, or sugar-coated in higher education. Together administrators, faculty, and students must take the initiative to tranform the academy into an exciting space for robust and respectful religious dialogue throughout the campus. This book offers a number of concrete examples and strategies in each chapter for achieving this objective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820455921
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Education and Spirituality
  • Edition description: Volume 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Cry for Meaning 1
Taking the World by the Throat 1
Taking the Plunge 3
Student Affairs Professionals: The "Hidden Educators" 6
Overcoming Fear 10
Three Objectives in Writing This Book 14
My Preliminary Credo 17
Organization of the Book 21
A Note on Use of Resources 22
Definitions of Several Key Terms 23
Ch. 2 The Paradox of Religious Pluralism 29
The Reality of Religious Pluralism on College Campuses: Promise or Peril? 30
Is Conflict Among Religious Groups Inevitable? 33
The Paradox of Religious Pluralism 37
Bounded Versus Unbounded Discourse 43
When Should Intolerance Replace Tolerance? 49
Toward Unbounded Dialogue 54
Ch. 3 Religions as Narratives (I): Three Mainstream Stories 59
The Indispensability of Stories 59
Narrative Construals of Reality 63
Six Types of Religious Stories That College Students Tell 64
Three Mainstream Stories 67
The Orthodoxy Narrative 67
The Wounded Belief Narrative 75
The Mainline Narrative 83
Ch. 4 Religions as Narratives (II): Three Alternative Stories 93
Three Alternative Stories That Students Tell 93
The Activism Narrative 95
The Exploration Narrative 104
The Secular Humanism Narrative 114
Ch. 5 The Role of Religion in Fostering Values on a Secular Campus 127
"I Am Comfortable Talking About Values...Not Religion" 128
Learning About Earning Is Not What College Is All About 129
It Is Neither Possible Nor Desirable to Decouple Religion and Values 133
An Example of Coupling Values and Religion in a Colloquium 138
We Are All Values Educators 142
The Nineteenth-Century Capstone Seminar 144
Is the American Professoriate Actually Religio-Phobic? 146
My Captone Seminar on Religion and Values 148
A Personal Memorandum to My Students on the Capstone 150
Ch. 6 One Group, Many Truths: Constructing a Moral Conversation 167
"I'm Afraid to Open My Mouth in There for Fear of Getting Killed!" 168
Moral Conversation Versus Adversarial Discourse 172
Six Principles of Moral Conversation 176
Are College Students Developmentally Ready for Moral Conversation? 189
Establishing a Culture of Dialogue on College Campuses 195
The Widespread Yearning for Consoling Narratives of Meaning 204
Bibliography 207
Index 221
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