Religious affiliation is a unique bridge between diversity of identity and diversity of viewpoint, but is often left out of campus conversations that focus on demographic diversity. HxA believes religious viewpoint diversity is a critical component of the diversity conversation as it brings important philosophical and ideological dimensions to conversations about identity.
To help faculty and students bring religious viewpoint diversity into the campus conversation, we have compiled HxA resources — including event recordings, blog posts, podcast episodes, and tools — that explore the nature and importance of religious diversity and how it is expressed on campuses, and that provide methods for educators to productively incorporate diverse religious viewpoints into their classroom and campus conversations.
HxA Top Picks
Blog: Faith Commitments Fuel Dialogue Across Differences by Emily Wenneborg
Podcast: Religion: A Viewpoint Diversity Blindspot with Seth D. Kaplan
Event: Faith & Truth-Seeking: What is the Role of Religion in Higher Education? with George Harne, Ilana Horwitz, Omar Qureshi, and Elizabeth Corey
Tool: How to Navigate Moral Disagreements
- Stop Calling “Wokeness” a Religion, by Patrick Casey
- How “Faith Statements” Can Support Open Inquiry, by Shirley Mullen
- Inviting Religion Into the Classroom, by Jill DeTemple
- Faith Commitments Fuel Dialogue Across Differences, by Emily Wenneborg
- Knowledge and Religious Belief: How Secular Assumptions Can Sideline Heterodox Viewpoints, by Seth D. Kaplan
- Why People of Faith Should Be Leading the Charge for Religious Diversity, by Steven Zhou
- Few Students Pursue Opportunities to Explore Religious Diversity. Is There a Way Forward? by Kevin Singer
- Teaching Religious Text in a Culturally Heterogeneous Classroom, by Uri Bilmes
- To Heal Religious Divisions, We Must Embrace Unaffiliated Young Americans, by Kevin Singer
- Science-Religion Conflict Narrative Affects Christians, by Kimberly Rios
- Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces, and Student Appreciation of Other Worldviews, by Kevin Singer
This panel — moderated by Elizabeth Corey and featuring George Harne, Ilana Horwitz, and Omar Qureshi — explores the relationship between religious beliefs and truth-seeking at both secular and religious institutions.
Dr. Jeffrey Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, explores how the humanities can better welcome spiritual and psychological diversity and why awe matters for teachers and learners.
Tools & Resources
This activity helps prepare students to take the interpersonal risks of sharing diverse viewpoints, admitting the limits of their own knowledge, and expressing genuine curiosity about the experiences and perspectives of others. It can be used for conversations on any number of difficult topics, including those of religion, religious identity, and religious diversity.
This tip sheet provides strategies for how to approach moral disagreements in constructive and productive ways.