Hey! Anyone use any highly engaging, philosophical essential questions when you teach a unit on religions? Anyone have cool, thoughtful texts you use when you teach religions? I'd love to know how you teach this topic :) Thanks!
I tend to use texts from the religion, such as parables for Christianity, etc. I have the students analyze the meaning of the text. Then I have each group represent one religion and make a presentation of some kind on what it means to be of that faith.
I remind them that this isn't a course on Religions, but a course that looks at the development of a religion in a time frame and its long term impact. I always have some naysayer who wants to argue that they aren't in school to be preached to and I always have to tell them that there is a reason these ideologies developed when they did and how they did and it's our job to figure out the connection between the ideology and the culture.
I frequently pose the question "What questions does this philosophy/religion try to answer?" Mostly we look at the similarities and connections between religions.
We also spend time discussing a chart very much like this one.