ERIC Number: ED365254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Presence and Promise: Religious Studies in the University. A Collection of Papers from two California State University's Institute for Teaching and Learning Religious Studies Seminars (California, April 1991, February 1992).
Hatfield, John, Ed.; Hubbard, Benjamin, Ed.
This volume presents 12 papers on the role and teaching of religious studies at the undergraduate level in public universities. The first set of six papers all address the nature of religious studies as a discipline. In particular they address the changing view of this discipline which for its short period of existence (30 to 35 years) has often been disdained by those who believe its subject matter presumes personal commitments that compromise the integrity of disciplinary methodology. The papers are: (1) "Teaching Religious Studies: A Personal Reflection" (Bradley Starr); (2) "Is Religious Studies 'Religious?'" (Harry Wells); (3) "Some Reflections on the Teaching of Religious Studies" (Edward Hughes); (4) "The Study of Religions: One Field, Many Methods" (Gary Kessler); (5)"The Methodological Pluralism of the Academic Study of Religion: A Note for Our Colleagues" (Willard Johnson); and (6) "Why Secular Universities Need Religious Studies" (Benjamin Hubbard). The second set of papers examine teaching and include: (7) "Capturing the Captivated: The Teacher as Impersonator" (Kenneth P. Kramer); and (8) "The University: Newman's and Ours" (Daniel Brown). A group of papers on related fields include: (9) "Are We Ready for Integration Yet?" (Jean Graybeal); (10) "Jewish Studies in Multiculturalism" (Jody Myers); and (11) "Two Ambiguities in Teaching (About) Religion in California's Public Schools" (John Hatfield). The final paper is a book review by Jean Graybeal of the volume "Teaching the Introductory Course in Religious Studies: A Sourcebook" (Mark Juergensmeyer, Ed.). (Five papers cite references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Public Colleges, Religion Studies, Role of Education, Teaching Methods, Universities
Center for Teaching and Learning, California State University, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802-4275.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Long Beach. Inst. for Teaching and Learning.