Public Deliberation in Interfaith Pedagogies: Interfaith Leaders in the Public Sphere, by Nancy Klancher

This article argues that as the emerging field of interfaith studies defines the skills and knowledge base required for students to become public interfaith leaders, it must include the practice of public deliberation and collaborative problem-solving in its curricula. It begins with a delineation of fundamental questions about the place of religion in the public sphere and ways that these questions surface in interfaith studies classrooms. It then describes in detail a developmental, metacognitive pedagogy for engagement in interreligious deliberation at the first-year level. The article concludes with thoughts on how our students may move beyond dyadic thinking about secular and religious reasoning in public deliberation.

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