Tim Jensen

Tim Jensen
University of Southern Denmark | SDU · Study of Religions

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In the invitation to contribute to this volume on “religious education in a post-secular age”, the editors, with reference to the introduction in Sweden in the 1960s of a non-confessional and in that way ‘secular’ religious education (RE), express the opinion that the then ‘intellectual space’, ‘cultural situation’ and ‘intellectual fundament’ has...
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Donald Wiebe claims that the IAHR leadership (already before an Extended Executive Committee ( EEC ) meeting in Delphi) had decided to water down the academic standards of the IAHR with a proposal to change its name to “International Association for the Study of Religions.” His criticism, we argue, is based on a series of misunderstandings as regar...
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Respected scholar, expert, public opinion maker, oracle, undercover politician, charlatan, cartoon character-all roles "out there" waiting for scholars sharing knowledge with a wider public. Scholars of religion trying to carve out more room in the public arena for a non-religious, scientific approach to religion always risk digging their graves as...
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I shall venture to map and discuss how (certain) states in the Western part of Europe have responded to the challenges of increased religious pluralism and individualism, in particular, new Muslim presence and new Islamophobia. The main focus will be on the changes as regards the RE offered and supported by the state in public school. The conclusio...
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An initial apology to religious insiders in the opening of Hughes' book got this review – of the book and of tensions in public and academic discourse about Islam and the study thereof – started. The book, after the strange initial apology, becomes a highly valuable introduction to a study-of-religion approach to Islam, incorporating both insider a...
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With special attention to Denmark, this article discusses to what degree religious education in public school in the Scandinavian countries, often said to be among the frontrunners as regards non-confessional religious education, reflects and accommodates an increased religious pluralism as well as public and political discourses linking national i...
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This essay is part of a collection of short essays solicited from authors around the globe who teach religion courses at the college level (not for professional religious training). They are published together with an introduction in Teaching Theology and Religion 18:3 (July 2015). The authors were asked to provide a brief overview of the curriculu...
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The history of the academic study of religion in Denmark resembles developments in other Nordic and European countries as it has moved from a primarily historical-philological and comparative ‘history of religions’ towards a broader ‘study of religion(s)’ that includes history of religions together with theories and methods from a wide variety of t...
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This interview was recorded in November 2012 in Jonathan Z. Smith's Hyde Park graystone. Professor Smith offers insights into how he thinks about his classroom teaching and his students' learning through descriptions of various assignments and classroom activities he has developed over more than forty years of teaching. The discussion ranges broadl...
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Religious and cultural diversity are today more than ever a critical and political challenge as the recent emergencies related to geo-political and economical global transformations clearly show. European countries are concerned by a big immigration flow that demands an educational effort in order to foster the mutual understanding and integration....
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Religion education (RE) in the public school in Denmark, as in many countries, is often subject to political, public and professional debate, relating not only to different ideas about RE's potential contribution to Allgemeinbildung, religious and/or moral formation and citizenship education, but also to reactions or responses to what is perceived...
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This chapter discusses the legal regulation of religion in Denmark. It reviews three recent cases in the Danish courts concerning freedom of religion and concludes that, in this most secular nation, a population sometimes described as made up of “irreligious Lutherans,” still-dominant Protestant normative notions of religion are imposed on minority...
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In October 2008 The American Academy of Religion published the findings of an eighteen month study (conducted with funding from the Teagle Foundation) on “The Religious Studies Major in a Post–9/11World: New Challenges, New Opportunities.” Re-published here, this AAR-Teagle White Paper provides the opportunity for four respondents to raise issues a...
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This article is a reasoned, normative argument for making religion education (RE) a separate, compulsory, time-tabled and totally normal school subject at all levels in public schools. With reference to Religion (RE) in Danish upper-secondary school as well as to the way Danish departments for the study of religions (RS) educate Religion teachers,...
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In this article, Tim Jensen, himself a former teacher of Religion in the Danish Grammar School (1981-1995), outlines the history of Religion , a non-confessional obligatory subject in the Danish Grammar School, as well as of the history of its now very close relations to the academic study of religions. Following the historical outline, Jensen draw...
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Theme: This ARI looks at the lessons to be learnt from the Danish cartoon crisis and the limits to freedom of expression in Denmark. Summary: The analysis that follows does not present a series of strategic plans to help solve all the problems related to the cartoon crisis as it ignited in Denmark and spread elsewhere. It simply attempts to shed a...
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A leading Danish religious historian, Tim Jensen, warned that some Muslims would take offense at the images, citing a widely, although not unanimously, observed taboo against physical representations of the Prophet. But the paper published the twelve submissions it received anyway, on Sept. 30. Let us take a closer look. On Monday morning, Septembe...

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