The American University in a Postsecular Age

The American University in a Postsecular Age : Religion and the Academy

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For much of the twentieth century, it was assumed that higher education was and ought to be a secular enterprise, but that approach no longer suffices. The culture has shifted, and contemporary college and university students are increasingly bringing religious and spiritual questions to campus. In response, college and university leaders are exploring anew the relationship between religion and higher education. The American University in a Postsecular Age grapples with key questions: --How religious or irreligious are faculty and students today? What level of religious literacy should be expected from students? --Can religion be allowed into the classroom without being disruptive? --Should colleges and universities help students reflect on their own faith? --Is religion antithetical to critical inquiry? --Can religion have a positive role to play in higher education? This is a state-of-the-art introduction to the national discussion about religion and higher education. Leading scholars and top educators express a wide spectrum of opinions that reflect the best current thinking. Introductory and concluding essays by the editors describe the postsecular character of our age and propose a comprehensive framework intended to facilitate ongoing conversation.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195323440
  • 9780195323443

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This timely and wide-ranging collection of essays provides an invaluable introduction to ongoing conversations about the place of religion in undergraduate education. If, as the editors contend, we are on the cusp of a 'postsecular' era, then I can think of no better guide to the shifting academic terrain. * Carol Geary Schneider, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities *show more

About Douglas Jacobsen

Douglas Jacobsen is Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen is Director of Faculty Development and Professor of Psychology at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. They are co-authors of Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation (Oxford University Press, 2004) and have led workshops and seminars on religion and higher education at colleges and universities across the nation.show more

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