Student's Guide to Religious Studies

Student's Guide to Religious Studies

by D. G. Hart
     
 

ISBN-10: 1932236589

ISBN-13: 2901932236582

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: ISI Books

The study of religion is fraught with difficulties that raise important questions about the nature of faith and the purpose of advanced learning. Although religion has been foundational to some of the United States' most prestigious universities, religious studies is a relatively recent addition to the liberal arts curriculum. In this insightful guide, D. G. Hart…  See more details below

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The study of religion is fraught with difficulties that raise important questions about the nature of faith and the purpose of advanced learning. Although religion has been foundational to some of the United States' most prestigious universities, religious studies is a relatively recent addition to the liberal arts curriculum. In this insightful guide, D. G. Hart explores the conundrums surrounding the ambiguous position of religious studies in the contemporary academy and offers advice about the best way to approach and benefit from the teaching and study of religion in contexts often hostile to faith.

The ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines are reader-friendly introductions to the most important fields of knowledge in the liberal arts. Written by leading scholars for both students and the general public, they will be appreciated by anyone desiring a reliable and informative tour of important subject matter. Each title offers a historical overview of a particular discipline, explains the central ideas of the subject, and evaluates the works of thinkers whose ideas have shaped our world. These guides will aid students seeking to make better decisions about their course of study, as well as general readers who wish to supplement their education. All who treasure the world of ideas and liberal learning will be motivated by these original and stimulating presentations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901932236582
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Guides To Major Disciplines Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
90

Table of Contents

IThe university's religious roots
The myth of Christian higher education in America4
The era of the Christian college8
The university gets religion16
In search of an academic niche21
The professionalization of religious studies28
IIThe academic problem with religion
Why study religion?37
A plausible rationale46
IIIReligion in the West
Before the Christian empire56
The rise of Christendom64
Western Christendom divided70
Christianity and modernity80
Take what you can get100
Student self-reliance project : embarking on a lifelong pursuit of knowledge?

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