Signifying on the World Religions Paradigm

My Version of Religion 101

Authors

  • Richard Newton Elizabethtown College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v44i3.27908

Keywords:

Charles Long, signification, history of religion

Abstract

The growing role of critical theory and postcolonial inquiry within the religious studies classroom has challenged the utility of the World Religions Paradigm. This has created a pedagogical opportunity for recreating the Religion 101 course. This essay introduces a course that uses signifying theory and the African American experience to consider "religion."

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Published

2015-09-07

How to Cite

Newton, R. (2015). Signifying on the World Religions Paradigm: My Version of Religion 101. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 44(3), 35–37. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v44i3.27908

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