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Keywords:

  • introductory course;
  • college students;
  • philosophy of religion;
  • academic field;
  • global;
  • Euro-centrism;
  • theism;
  • active learning;
  • Religionswissenschaft;
  • general education curriculum;
  • skills;
  • learning goals

Abstract

Currently, the recent history of the field shapes the content of introductions to the philosophy of religion. In order to substantively engage students, whose experiences and destinies are already shaped by global realities, such teaching must undergo revision. A shift from introducing philosophical theology towards active learning analyses of ostensibly religious phenomena is the means by which the field can regain its relevance for students. This article first explores the rationale for teaching differently, and then works out a pedagogy that has students themselves practicing a global philosophy of religion.