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Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education

Perspectives, Models, and Future Prospects

Edited by Andrea Sterk

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education explores foundational issues surrounding the interaction of religion and the academy in the twenty-first century. Featuring the work of eighteen scholars from diverse institutional, disciplinary, and religious backgrounds, this outstanding collection of essays issues from a three-year Lilly Seminar on Religion and Higher Education. Reflecting the diversity of the seminar participants, this insightful volume presents a wide variety of viewpoints on the role of religion in higher education and different approaches to religiously informed scholarship and teaching.

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education is distinctive in its orientation toward the personal and the practical. Contributors use personal examples to demonstrate how individual religious beliefs and backgrounds shape the way an educator approaches research and teaching.

The first part of the book addresses foundational issues, offering a range of perspectives on the current state of affairs and future prospects for the interrelation of religion and academic endeavor. Part II treats specific academic disciplines as they relate to religion and research and provides several models of scholarship grounded in or informed by religious traditions. The final section of the volume presents five different approaches to teaching. Contributors reflect on how religious perspectives or commitments influence the way in which they understand their role as university or college teachers and carry out their responsibilities in the classroom.

Contributors: Nicholas Wolterstorff, James Turner, Alan Wolfe, David A. Hollinger, Mark R. Schwehn, John McGreevy, Nancy T. Ammerman, Roger Lundin, Brian E.Daley, S.J., Clarke E. Cochran, Serene Jones, Richard J. Bernstein, Mark A. Noll, Denis Donoghue, Robert Wuthnow, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Susan Handelman, and Francis Oakley.

ISBN: 978-0-268-04053-6
EPUB-ISBN 978-0-268-16037-1
280 pages
Publication Year: 2002

Andrea Sterk is associate professor of history at the University of Florida.

“This collection of essays is a lively read not only for scholars, institutional administrators, and foundation officers, but for anyone interested in the evolving role of religion in American intellectual life over the last half century. This well-edited book is comprised of short, thought-provoking pieces from some of the country’s leading lights in the humanities and social sciences. In first-person reflections, this collection offers a vivid and informative account of religion and scholarship over the last few decades and poses constructive questions for its future.” — Publishers Weekly

“The connection between religion and higher education upsets some people and satisfies others, but this volume’s 18 essays plus epilog could please both parties. The essays offer an insightful and good-humored perspective on the links between religion and higher education. A strength of the collection is the distinguished and diverse retinue of participants, a rich mixture of Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and agnostics.” — Library Journal

“[T]houghtful essays from a seminar on religion and higher education. [T]he essays will no doubt be useful to people in the religion and higher education business….” — First Things

“The essays in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education cover a wide variety of topics, from whether religious beliefs affect students’ relationships with their teachers to how faith can influence the interpretation of poetry, and they each make a worthwhile contribution.” — The American Enterprise

“This is clearly a definitive volume and should be taken seriously by anybody who wishes to investigate the topic of religion, scholarship and higher education.” — Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology

“The book’s greatest merit is its accessibility, its coverage of a wide range of issues, its practical testimonies, its interdisciplinary and ecumenical range. For all of this, it can be greatly commended … engaging and rich reading.” — Theology

“_Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education_ is an outstanding collection of essays that serves to clarify, strengthen, and enrich the relationship between religion and the academy in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The collected wisdom in this volume will stimulate serious reflection on the vocation of teaching and research.” — Teaching Theology and Religion

“[A] wonderful introduction to an issue of great import…. [A] most interesting volume.” — Catholic Southwest

“[A] useful book….” — International Journal of Education and Religion

“This is a valuable and well-edited book whose implications stretch wider than North America. The text helps to create a vision of what higher education might be….” — Journal of Beliefs & Values

“… the revealing autobiographical style adopted by many of the contributions …provides some interesting insights into the religious motivation of at least some examples of scholarship and teaching.” — Theory and Research in Education

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education

Perspectives, Models, and Future Prospects


Edited by Andrea Sterk

 Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education: Perspectives, Models, and Future Prospects
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education explores foundational issues surrounding the interaction of religion and the academy in the twenty-first century. Featuring the work of eighteen scholars from diverse institutional, disciplinary, and religious backgrounds, this outstanding collection of essays issues from a three-year Lilly Seminar on Religion and Higher Education. Reflecting the diversity of the seminar participants, this insightful volume presents a wide variety of viewpoints on the role of religion in higher education and different approaches to religiously informed scholarship and teaching.

Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education is distinctive in its orientation toward the personal and the practical. Contributors use personal examples to demonstrate how individual religious beliefs and backgrounds shape the way an educator approaches research and teaching.

The first part of the book addresses foundational issues, offering a range of perspectives on the current state of affairs and future prospects for the interrelation of religion and academic endeavor. Part II treats specific academic disciplines as they relate to religion and research and provides several models of scholarship grounded in or informed by religious traditions. The final section of the volume presents five different approaches to teaching. Contributors reflect on how religious perspectives or commitments influence the way in which they understand their role as university or college teachers and carry out their responsibilities in the classroom.

Contributors: Nicholas Wolterstorff, James Turner, Alan Wolfe, David A. Hollinger, Mark R. Schwehn, John McGreevy, Nancy T. Ammerman, Roger Lundin, Brian E.Daley, S.J., Clarke E. Cochran, Serene Jones, Richard J. Bernstein, Mark A. Noll, Denis Donoghue, Robert Wuthnow, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Susan Handelman, and Francis Oakley.

ISBN: 978-0-268-04053-6

280 pages

“This collection of essays is a lively read not only for scholars, institutional administrators, and foundation officers, but for anyone interested in the evolving role of religion in American intellectual life over the last half century. This well-edited book is comprised of short, thought-provoking pieces from some of the country’s leading lights in the humanities and social sciences. In first-person reflections, this collection offers a vivid and informative account of religion and scholarship over the last few decades and poses constructive questions for its future.” — Publishers Weekly

“The connection between religion and higher education upsets some people and satisfies others, but this volume’s 18 essays plus epilog could please both parties. The essays offer an insightful and good-humored perspective on the links between religion and higher education. A strength of the collection is the distinguished and diverse retinue of participants, a rich mixture of Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and agnostics.” — Library Journal

“[T]houghtful essays from a seminar on religion and higher education. [T]he essays will no doubt be useful to people in the religion and higher education business….” — First Things

“The essays in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education cover a wide variety of topics, from whether religious beliefs affect students’ relationships with their teachers to how faith can influence the interpretation of poetry, and they each make a worthwhile contribution.” — The American Enterprise

“This is clearly a definitive volume and should be taken seriously by anybody who wishes to investigate the topic of religion, scholarship and higher education.” — Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology

“The book’s greatest merit is its accessibility, its coverage of a wide range of issues, its practical testimonies, its interdisciplinary and ecumenical range. For all of this, it can be greatly commended … engaging and rich reading.” — Theology

“_Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education_ is an outstanding collection of essays that serves to clarify, strengthen, and enrich the relationship between religion and the academy in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The collected wisdom in this volume will stimulate serious reflection on the vocation of teaching and research.” — Teaching Theology and Religion

“[A] wonderful introduction to an issue of great import…. [A] most interesting volume.” — Catholic Southwest

“[A] useful book….” — International Journal of Education and Religion

“This is a valuable and well-edited book whose implications stretch wider than North America. The text helps to create a vision of what higher education might be….” — Journal of Beliefs & Values

“… the revealing autobiographical style adopted by many of the contributions …provides some interesting insights into the religious motivation of at least some examples of scholarship and teaching.” — Theory and Research in Education

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