The puzzle of how to best teach religion — and how to teach teachers how to best teach religion — is one that Harvard Divinity School Senior Lecturer Diane Moore has been grappling with for a good part of her career. As a result, she has developed a set of tools about how to think about religion that she feels is not only beneficial to those who teach religion, but also to the general public. Now, as part of the HarvardX course, World Religions Through Their Scriptures, she and her teaching partners will be able to share these methods with students around the world.
"I'm really eager for people not only to learn about this method, but to have the opportunity to interact with people who are really different from them in relation to world view, religious view, and geographic region," Moore says. "To be able to talk and interact in a constructive way about an issue that often divides us."
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University, examines both the mechanics and importance of teaching religion to a global community.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.