Religious Literacy Frameworks


The curriculum at ReligionAndPublicLife.org invites students into a conversation about the civic competency of religious literacy. We draw upon national educational standards regarding the academic study of religion. To achieve these goals in a constitutionally sound way, we will apply the following four civic approaches to the academic study of religion.

  • Diversity over Uniformity

    The rule of law has often been used to suppress freedom of religion and discriminate against religious minorities. However, history shows that the rule of law can be effectively used to promote mutual understand...

  • Pluralism

    Aware of the limitations of using only a “diversity” framework, Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker, wrote in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education that pluralism advances the idea that...

  • The 3Bs of Religious Identity Formation

    The faculty at ReligionAndPublicLife.com recognizes that individuals and communities construct their religious identities in complex ways.  Benjamin P. Marcus, special advisor to The Foundation for Religious L...

  • The Four Premises of Religious Literacy

    Professor Diane L. Moore, advisor to the Foundation for Religious Literacy, and director of the Harvard Religious Literacy Project articulate four basic assertions about religions and the study of religion. Thes...