Religious Literacy


Based on the details from this YouTube video from Harvard University’s MOOC and the American Academy of Religion, religious literacy is understood as the ability to:

  1. Know the basic tenets of the major world religions;
  2. Discern the complexities within and across religions, and that they are internally and externally diverse;
  3. Critically understand the role of religion in social, political, and economic contexts in history and today; and,
  4. Understand the cultural and spiritual meaning of religion and belief for people (including religious and non-religious beliefs) in order to foster personal reflection, inquiry, and development for citizenship.

On this basis, religious literacy is a form of citizenship education that develops the attitude, skills, and knowledge students need to recognize and respect the religious and non-religious other (Jackson, 1997, 2004; Miedema, 2014; Moore, 2007; Prothero, 2007). A clear summary of religious literacy as a form of citizenship education is shared here.

rlSeveral valuable and informative resources are available to help one become more religiously literate.

To increase your own religious literacy, visit one of the resource pages to learn more: