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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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Talking about Religion

Talking about Religion

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The American University in a Postsecular Age

Douglas Jacobsen (Contributor Webpage)

Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter provides a three‐part definition of religion, including historic religion, personal religion, and public religion, that sets the stage for a clearer and more productive conversation about the place of religion in American higher education in the future. A wide range of current topics under discussion in higher educational circles–religious literacy, the making of meaning, civic engagement—have undeniable links to religious concerns. In a postsecular age, higher education will seek to develop appropriate mechanisms and manners for conversation that includes voices reflective of religious particularity, while still maintaining commitment to rational academic discourse.

Keywords:   conversation, higher education, historic religion, particularity, personal religion, postsecular, public religion

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