Religion, Education and the American Experience: Reflections on Religion and American Public Life

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This collection of provocative and timely essays addresses the ways in which religious and educational institutions have come to define one another and American culture and identity.

Education in America-public and private, from the elementary to the university level-is the subject of urgent, ongoing debates. School vouchers, home schooling, prayer in the classrooms, sex education in the schools, and evolution versus creationism are just a few of the touchstones and flashpoints ...

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Overview

This collection of provocative and timely essays addresses the ways in which religious and educational institutions have come to define one another and American culture and identity.

Education in America-public and private, from the elementary to the university level-is the subject of urgent, ongoing debates. School vouchers, home schooling, prayer in the classrooms, sex education in the schools, and evolution versus creationism are just a few of the touchstones and flashpoints that have ignited a national dialogue concerning the role of religion in U.S. educational institutions.

The ten major essays assembled here emerged from a series of conferences conducted by the Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago Divinity School, funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trust. Written by recognized leaders in the fields of education and religion, the essays address such issues as the role of religious studies programs in tax-supported public universities; the evolving role of the university chaplain; the impact of religious doctrine on literary scholarship and the natural sciences; the college president as a spiritual leader; the secularization of private colleges whose foundations rest in the spiritual mission of a specific church or denomination and, conversely, the obligations, if any, of colleges that have maintained distinct denominational identities toward pluralistic outreach and openness; and an examination of the home schooling movement.

A true "dialogue" designed to inspire readers to rethink, argue, act, and continually converse on the subject, Religion, Education, and the American Experience will appeal to educators, college and university administrators, and boards of trustees, as well as academic libraries and scholars of education and religious studies.

 

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"From our three-year experience, we drew the conclusion that . . . the individuals with responsibility are often motivated by very particular religious visions and work out their vocations mindful of their responsibility to their audiences and their own hearts and consciences."
—From the Introduction by Martin E. Marty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817311469
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Religion & American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith L. Blumhofer is Director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and Professor of History at Wheaton College in Illinois and former Associate Director of the Public Religion Project. Martin E. Marty is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, and former Director of the Public Religion Project.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Religion in Liberal Arts, Religion in Literature
1 Liberal Education and Religious Studies 9
2 Beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Religion, and Science 41
Pt. II Religious Education
3 The Dying of the Light or the Glimmering of the Dawn? 85
4 A Call for Diversity 110
5 Public Religion and Higher Education: The Role of the Faculty in Maintaining the Catholic Identity of Catholic Colleges and Universities 128
6 A Memorandum on the Higher Learning in Catholic America 152
Pt. III Personal Reflections from the Front Line
7 Religion and Public Education 177
8 The View from the University Chapel 186
9 The College President as Spiritual Leader 203
10 Religion, Schooling, and Home Education: Past and Present 223
Contributors 243
Index 245
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