The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education

The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education

by D. G. Hart
     
 

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In The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education, historian D. G. Hart examines the rise of religion to its current place as one of the largest academic disciplines in contemporary higher education. Protestant ministers and faculty, arguing for the importance of religion to a truly "liberal" education, were especially

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In The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education, historian D. G. Hart examines the rise of religion to its current place as one of the largest academic disciplines in contemporary higher education. Protestant ministers and faculty, arguing for the importance of religion to a truly "liberal" education, were especially influential in staffing departments and designing curricula to reflect their own assumptions about the value of religion not just for higher education but for American culture in general.

But the success of mainstream Protestantism in fostering the academic study of religion has become the field's greatest burden. Religion scholars have distanced themselves from traditional Protestant orientations while looking for topics better suited to America's cultural diversity. As a result, religion is in the awkward position of being one of the largest scholarly disciplines while simultaneously lacking a solid academic justification. It may be time, Hart argues, for academics to stop trying to secure a religion-friendly university.

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Editorial Reviews

Anglican Theological Review
[An] excellent and insightful study... His book significantly increases our understanding of a neglected aspect of American religious history.

— Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr.

Teaching Theology and Religion
Hart contributes a first-rate piece of intellectual and institutional history to this discussion... For those who wish to think seriously about the relationship between religion and religious studies and to understand how we have arrived at our current situation, this book is indispensable.

— David D. Hall

Journal of American History
Hart should be commended for pulling together the history of this issue and for the careful reflection he offers about the current status of the discipline.

— Kathy J. Pulley

First Things
The book he has given us offers richness of information, astute analysis, and provocative interpretation.

— Philip Gleason

Journal of Church and State
This book is provocative, to say the least. It constitutes another voice in the discussion over the place of religion in secondary and higher education.

— Barry Hankins

Journal of Presbyterian History
This eloquently written study makes a significant contribution to the history of American higher education.

— P.C. Kemeny

Books & Culture
Hart jumps right into the recent fray over the secularization of the academy, paying special attention to developments in religious studies.

— Douglas A. Sweeney

Anglican Theological Review - Gardiner H. Shattuck
[An] excellent and insightful study... His book significantly increases our understanding of a neglected aspect of American religious history.

Teaching Theology and Religion - David D. Hall
Hart contributes a first-rate piece of intellectual and institutional history to this discussion... For those who wish to think seriously about the relationship between religion and religious studies and to understand how we have arrived at our current situation, this book is indispensable.

Journal of American History - Kathy J. Pulley
Hart should be commended for pulling together the history of this issue and for the careful reflection he offers about the current status of the discipline.

First Things - Philip Gleason
The book he has given us offers richness of information, astute analysis, and provocative interpretation.

Journal of Church and State - Barry Hankins
This book is provocative, to say the least. It constitutes another voice in the discussion over the place of religion in secondary and higher education.

Journal of Presbyterian History - P.C. Kemeny
This eloquently written study makes a significant contribution to the history of American higher education.

Books and Culture - Douglas A. Sweeney
Hart jumps right into the recent fray over the secularization of the academy, paying special attention to developments in religious studies.

Booknews
Hart (church history and theological bibliography, Westminster Theological Seminary) explores present-day implications of religious studies' Protestant past. He examines the rise of religion as an academic discipline, and looks into religion's awkward position of being one of the largest academic disciplines while simultaneously lacking a solid academic justification. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801871009
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

D. G. Hart is an associate professor of church history and theological bibliography at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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