Three Approaches to Teaching Secularism in Religious Studies


  • James Murphy



secularisim, world religions paradigm


Response to:   Podcast with Donovan Schaefer, 28 November 2016
Interviewed by Christopher R. Cotter
Transcribed by Catrin J. Sawford
Audio and transcript available at:


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How to Cite

Murphy, J. (2019). Three Approaches to Teaching Secularism in Religious Studies. Implicit Religion, 22(1), 50–57.



The Religious Studies Project Podcast Transcription

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