Religion Today introduces students to key concepts in religious studies through a compelling problem-solving framework. Each chapter opens with a contemporary case study that helps students engage in current religious issues, explore possible solutions to difficult religious problems today, and learn key themes and concepts in religious studies.
To enhance student learning, a free Student Study Guide is available for download from Rowman & Littlefield. The Study Guide features chapter summaries, definition quizzes for students to test themselves on key terms, and possible learning activities. Students can request access to the Student's Study guide by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
A complimentary Instructor's Manual is available for download from Rowman & Littlefield. The Instructor's Manual includes guidelines on how to use the book in the classroom, summaries of each chapter, potential student activities, discussion or essay/short answer questions, and more. In addition, sample Power Point presentations for each chapter are available for download. To access these instructor materials, email email@example.com.
A multiple choice Test Bank, prepared by the author, is available in Respondus computerized Test Bank format. Respondus LE is available for free and can be used to automate the process of creating print tests. Respondus 3.5 (available for purchase or via a school site license) can prepare tests to be uploaded to online course management systems like Blackboard. Visit the Respondus Test Bank Network to request a copy of the Religion Today Test Bank. For more information about the Test Bank, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an added feature the author has a blog, which is a helpful tool for this textbook, please visit http://www.religiontodaycriticalthinking.com/
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 452
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 253 x 176 x 25 mm
This book covers the usual introductory material of a religious studies course but does so in a way designed to challenge and involve the student more than other texts in this field. It is an original and exciting approach that will make the student a real partner in learning. -- Allen H. Podet, Buffalo State, SUNY
I found Religion Today to be engaging, interesting, and hard to put down. It is the only true 'Religious Studies' introduction that I have seen in recent memory - most introductions to religion are precisely that, introductions to different religious systems. Religion Today, however, introduces students to core principles in religious studies while building critical thinking skills. I very much like the pedagogical approach. It is distinctive, creative, clear, and I think it would be very effective with today's college student. -- Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
An accessibly written introduction to the academic study of religion, Religion Today moves beyond standard theories of religion textbooks to demonstrate the ways that religious studies contributes to contemporary public debates around such heated issues as the reclamation of sacred artifacts by Native Americans, the wearing of head-coverings by Muslim women, and the proliferation of religious violence. The book avoids simplistic analyses by emphasizing critical thinking throughout: each chapter opens with a twenty-first-century controversy as a test case and uses it to explore, apply, and evaluate various solutions presented by theories of religion, both `classical' and contemporary, Western and Eastern. Religion Today engages the student-reader in real-life scenarios and provides intellectual tools for understanding their complexity and developing informed responses, a must for academic programs feeling the pressure to demonstrate the relevance of the study of religion in contemporary public life. -- Martha L. Finch, Missouri State University