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The American University in a Postsecular AgeReligion and the Academy$
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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

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Taking Religion Seriously in Public Universities

Taking Religion Seriously in Public Universities

(p.167) 11 Taking Religion Seriously in Public Universities
The American University in a Postsecular Age

Warren A. Nord

Oxford University Press

Nord argues that the study of religion is necessary if students are to understand either the religious or the secular dimensions of the world in which they live and concludes that taking religion seriously will require a significant curricular commitment on the part of public colleges and universities. Furthermore, teaching in the area of religious studies should focus on living religious traditions and should not treat religion in a merely historical or reductionistic fashion. Nord makes his case based on the ideals of liberal learning and academic freedom, on Supreme Court decisions, and on moral and civic concerns.

Keywords:   academic freedom, living religious traditions, reductionistic, religion, religious studies, secular, Supreme Court

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