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Resources for Teaching American Religious Diversity


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The conventional world religions curriculum introduces students to basic facts about major religious traditions, but this "dates and doctines" approach is not enough. Students need to explore the social lives of contemporary religious communities, and to guide this exploration teachers need to understand the academic study of religion.  The resources here will help both you and your students develop a richer understanding of religious diversity.  Follow the links on this page for:

 
  • A bibliography of academic research and policy debates about the role of religion in America's public and private schools, including discussions of K-12 religious studies pedagogy, as well as broader debates about school prayer, holiday observance, and other important First Amendment issues.

  • A bibliography of research on the religious diversity of New York City, so you can explore the religious worlds of New York from the comfort of your own home -- though we do hope you'll join us to explore them in person!

  • A bibliography and filmography of novels and feature films set in diverse American religious communities, as well as a filmography of documentaries exploring aspects of American religious life.  These sources can help you bring the lived experience of religious diversity into your classroom.

 

We hope these resources will enrich your teaching, your students' learning, and the civic life of our multicultural democracy.  And we welcome suggestions for additional resource lists -- what would help you teach more effectively about the everyday life of American religious diversity?  Please let us know!