The Teaching of Religion in American Higher Education

The Teaching of Religion in American Higher Education

The Teaching of Religion in American Higher Education

The Teaching of Religion in American Higher Education

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This volume is addressed primarily to teachers and administrators who have the responsibility for developing programs of higher education and who are interested in the place which religion should occupy and how it can be taught in American colleges today. It was undertaken by a committee appointed for this purpose by The National Council on Religion in Higher Education and The Edward W. Hazen Foundation. The project was first proposed by the Fellows of the Council, but it reflects a need emphasized repeatedly in various programs of consultation and research in which the Council and the Foundation have been interested for a number of years. Members of the Committee are: Theodore M. Greene, John M. Moore, Albert C. Outler, John C. Schoeder, George F. Thomas, Robert Ulich, and the undersigned who was named Editor.

Any thoroughgoing account of religion in higher education would necessarily have brought under review every aspect of the life and work of colleges and universities. Instruction in religion, public worship, and organized voluntary religious programs are the most obvious, but any such study of religion would have disclosed religious perspectives in the teaching of all subjects and in every phase of life on the campus. These cannot be considered here. Although the present volume deals with but one special aspect of the situation, namely, organized instruction in religion, the wider context of the program and life of the community should be kept in mind. No problem in learning or in life can be entirely isolated from all other problems. Every problem, every aspect of what we call reality . . .

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