Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada: A State-Of-The-Art Review

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The Religious Roots of
the Universities in the
Atlantic Provinces
by Tom Faulkner

I'd rather have a department of pornography than adepartment of religion at this university.

— Anonymous


Introduction

In the eighteenth century a remarkable transformation occurred in Western civilization. To a significant extent, intellectual life and religious life parted company, like two streams rising from the same source but flowing in opposite directions down the slopes of a continental divide. One current was Apollonian, understanding itself as cool and rational, carrying with it the universities; the other was Dionysian, given more to the romantic and the emotional, carrying with it the Christian churches. The bifurcation was not absolute, but it left religious intellectuals with a certain amount of explaining to do. In an earlier period Tertullian might be dismissed for asking what Athens has to do with Jerusalem—after all, people could say, he finished as a heretic. But for the past 200 years the situation has been different. It is true that not all modern intellectuals obey Voltaire's order, “Écrasez l'infâme!” 1 But then, neither has there been any doubt in anyone's mind that his synecdoche implies religion.

Western civilization continued to be both intellectual and religious despite this tendency to distinguish the rational mind from the pious heart, and even

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  • The Study of Religion in Canada Sciences Religieuses AU Canada ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vi
  • Preface vii
  • Notes x
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Notes *
  • 2 - The Religious Roots of the Universities in the Atlantic Provinces 17
  • Notes *
  • 3 - Departments and Degree Programs in Religious Studies 27
  • Notes 86
  • 4 - The Curriculum in Religious Studies 89
  • Notes *
  • 5 - Faculty in Religious Studies 121
  • Notes *
  • 6 - Conclusion 159
  • Notes 175
  • Appendix 1: Conclusion 1987 179
  • Notes *
  • Appendix 2 189
  • Appendix 3 - Documents Provided by Religious Studies Departments 192
  • Appendix 4: Documents from the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education 197
  • Selected Bibliography 199
  • Index 207
  • Series Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion / Corporation Canadienne Des Sciences Religieuses 209
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