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The Post-Secular in QuestionReligion in Contemporary Society$
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Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738726

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738726.001.0001

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Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy

Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy

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(p.215) Chapter Nine Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy
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The Post-Secular in Question
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John Schmalzbauer

Kathleen Mahoney

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814738726.003.0009

This chapter explores the link between religion and knowledge in the post-secular academy. It considers the comeback of religion across the disciplines, the networks of scholars and organizations responsible for these developments, and the competing visions that animate efforts to heighten religion's place in the academy. The chapter begins with a discussion of the postwar religious revival in higher education that led to more religion in the curriculum. It then examines the increased interest in religion as evidenced by the growth of religious studies departments in universities. It also describes how religion scholars, working across disciplinary lines, address the sorts of meta-questions that concern the entire university and resist a key process of secularization: the differentiation of knowledge into specialized disciplines. The chapter concludes by reflecting on what the return of religion means for American society and the sociology of religion.

Keywords:   religion, knowledge, post-secular academy, religious revival, higher education, religious studies, religion scholars, university, secularization, sociology of religion

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