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Teaching about Other Religions: Ideas and Strategies for Use in the Catholic High School

Magazine article Momentum

Teaching about Other Religions: Ideas and Strategies for Use in the Catholic High School

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Teaching About Other Religions: Ideas and Strategies for Use in the Catholic High School By Jonathan Yu-Phelps Saint Mary's Press, Winona, Minnesota 2006, 104 pages, $15.95

Chris Scalise

In this practical, "how-to" book, Jonathan Yu-Phelps discusses ways Catholic high school religion teachers can expose their students effectively to some of the world's major non-Christian religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism). He shares with readers his wisdom gained from experience as a religion teacher and campus minister. He also sets teaching of world religions into the context of Catholic thought on the issue.

"Teaching About Other Religions" is not a primer on the four faiths about which Mr. Yu-Phelps writes. For that information he directs readers to his extensive bibliography of books and films. Instead, he suggests classroom activities and ways to present the material to students. Likewise, he names opportunities for cross-curricular learning. For example, researching Judaism as it existed in the Roman Empire or during the Medieval period helps inform students about that faith by setting its experiences in context, while at the same time teaching world history. …

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