Understanding Intellectual Charity

Understanding Intellectual Charity

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Welcome to Understanding Intellectual Charity, the second course in the BRI’s online program, Teaching Viewpoint Diversity!

One of the challenges when teaching viewpoint diversity is when we encounter arguments and points of view that challenge our own. Watch any cable news show these days, and you’ll eventually see a discussion break down into a shouting match. Why is this happening? While there are many explanations for this lack of civil discourse, many times, it can start with uncharitable interpretations of another’s argument or point of view.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

define and describe examples of intellectual charity.

charitably summarize examples of arguments in civic life.

review an example of argument mapping points of view and create charitable summaries of those arguments.

charitably summarize a viewpoint that is not your own.


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