Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education: Global Perspectives


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Darlene L. Bird is Lecturer in the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. Simon G. Smith is Co-Director at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies based in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.


"A fascinating, coherent and highly readable book." Literature and Theology, Vol 24 no 1.
"This is a remarkable a timely collection of essays addressing the highly contested relationship between the study of theology and religious studies in universities. The debate and differences between the scholars is provocative in its multidisciplinarity and its representation of a wide range of cultural origins - British, Dutch, Swedish, South African and Iranian. Terms ae defined and redefined in a rich context of historical, educational, academic and political arenas in discussions which are sometimes definitive and sometimes open-ended. Overall the reader is left better informed and provoked into new reflections on issues in religion which remain central to culture and the place and purposes of our educational institutions." - Professor David Jasper, University of Glasgow, UK
"The impact of religion on the world in which we live is of great significance for communities' values, politics, and social practices. The ways in which we study religion are therefore very important. In this interesting volume, Simon Smith and Darlene Bird have brought together many views and nuances in the debate between Theology and Religious Studies. This book should be read by everyone interested in the nature of religion, how academics should approach religion, and the place of religion in late modernity" - Gavin Flood, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, UK