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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55739
Doc. No:TL25693
Call number:‭3214891‬
Main Entry:C. Denise Yarbrough
Title & Author:The many faces of God: An interfaith encounter. A case study in interfaith education in the parish settingC. Denise Yarbrough
College:Princeton Theological Seminary
Date:2006
Degree:D.Min.
student score:2006
Page No:196
Abstract:The Many Faces of God was an interfaith education experience for lay Christians introducing them to the Christian theologies of the religions as well as to the basic beliefs and tenets of five world religions. The students in the course studied Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Bahai and visited places of worship in each of those traditions as part of the course. The intent of this course was to answer the following research question: Can interfaith education at the parish level be a tool for quality theological education of the laity that provides not only information about other world religions, their basic beliefs and practices, but also engenders genuine, critical reflection on the participants' own Christian faith and journey? The course was offered at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Penn Yan, New York from September 1 through December 4, 2004. Thirty four students participated from a variety of Christian denominations. Findings from the course indicate that lay people are motivated by challenging and substantive adult education offerings, particularly when interfaith subject matter is offered. A course of several months duration, with significant readings and site visits works well with a lay audience. The opportunity to visit places of worship in other world religions is crucial to interfaith learning. The findings from this experience indicate that Christians who engage in face to face education about other world religions learn at least as much about their own religious tradition as about the religions they are studying. The students who took this course reported important strengthening of their own Christian faith and increased understanding about it. The students report that they delved into previously unexplored aspects of their own faith tradition as they studied about others. They also reported coming away from the experience with greater respect for other religious traditions and for the people who practice them. Interfaith education contributes to Christian formation and growth.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Comparative religion; Interfaith; Parish; Pluralism; World religions; Theology; 0469:Theology
Added Entry:J. Y. Moorhead, Richard
Added Entry:Princeton Theological Seminary