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The American University in a Postsecular Age$
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Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323443.001.0001

 Postsecular America: A New Context for Higher Education

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(p.3) 1 Postsecular America: A New Context for Higher Education
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The American University in a Postsecular Age
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Douglas Jacobsen (Contributor Webpage)

Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323443.003.0001

What is the current cultural context for American higher education? This essay defines the concepts of secularization, secularism, and the secular, and provides a brief history of their role in American higher education as well as more recent postsecular developments. The notion of postsecularity is described empirically (not ideologically) in terms of religion's new visibility in American culture and, by extension, on the nation's college and university campuses. Implications for contemporary higher education are briefly explored, especially as they relate to programs of general education.

Keywords:   general education, higher education, postsecular, religion, secular, secularism, secularization

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