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Teaching Religion using Technology in Higher Education

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The opening years of the twenty-first century brought increased attention to religion as an important dimension of culture and politics. The dramatic multipronged attacks of September 11, 2001, came as a jolting reminder of the potential for violent action that can have bases in religious motivations. Over the same period, we came to see an increase in religious group activity in politics. In the United States, this may be seen as an evolution most recently from the Moral Majority movement led by televangelist Jerry Falwell that emerged as a force in the late 1970s as the beginning of the New Religious Right. On further reflection, however, we can see the involvement of religion extending much further back as a fundamental part of our social organization rather than a new or emerging phenomenon. We need only recall the religious wars of early modern Europe through to the contentious development of US church and state relations as evidence of the long-standing role religion has played as a source of competing values and beliefs with consequences for our life together in a democratic society. That said, there has been a significant upturn in research and scholarship across many disciplines relative to the study of religion in the last two decades. This is particularly the case with issues at the intersection of education and religion.

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