Teaching Comparative Religious Ethics: A Review Essay
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
2002 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 297–312, Summer 2002
How to Cite
Schilbrack, K. (2002), Teaching Comparative Religious Ethics: A Review Essay. Journal of Religious Ethics, 30: 297–312. doi: 10.1111/1467-9795.00108
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
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- comparative ethics;
- interreligious dialogue;
Though others have surveyed the different methods in comparative religious ethics, relatively little attention has been given to different approaches to pedagogy (exceptions include Lovin and Reynolds; Juergensmeyer; Twiss). The field of comparative religious ethics has now reached a level of maturity so that there are a variety of ways such courses can be taught. In this review I consider the approaches to comparative religious ethics found in four recent texts by Jacob Neusner, Darrell Fasching and Dell deChant, Regina Wolfe and Christine Gudorf, and Sumner Twiss and Bruce Grelle. In the essay I note the strengths and weaknesses of each text, with special attention given to how the texts might work in the classroom. I then argue that the different texts reflect different understandings of the goal of teaching comparative religious ethics, and I make these goals explicit in order to help teachers decide how they might approach the teaching in this growing field.