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  • Religious Literacy
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If these frameworks are completely unfamiliar, you may want to first complete these foundational modules:


  • First, we differentiate between academic and devotional approaches to the study of religion:
    • An academic approach to the study of religion seeks to understand religions in diverse social and historical contexts.
    • A devotional approach to the study of religion encourages adherence to a particular traditions.

  • These three assertions about religions provide a foundation for our academic study of religion:
    • Religions are internally diverse.
    • Religions evolve and change over time.
    • Religions are embedded in culture. Religions influence and are influenced by the cultures in which they are situated.
  • “3 Things Everyone Should Know about Religion” by Andrew Henry, Religion for Breakfast

  • Religious identities are formed through the interactions between an individual’s beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of belonging.

3Bs Model

As you move through the following modules, look for evidence that religions are internally diverse, changing over time, and embedded in cultures. And as you encounter different individuals in the videos, readings, and in your work and daily life, consider how their religious identities are formed through the interactions between their beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of belonging.

You can always return to this page throughout the unit to review these frameworks.

Religious Traditions Modules

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