No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education

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Drawing on conversations with hundreds of professors, co-curricular educators, administrators, and students from institutions spanning the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities, the Jacobsens illustrate how religion is constructively intertwined with the work of higher education in the twenty-first century. No Longer Invisible documents how, after decades when religion was marginalized, colleges and universities are re-engaging matters of faith-an educational development that is both positive and necessary.

Religion in contemporary American life is now incredibly complex, with religious pluralism on the rise and the categories of "religious" and "secular" often blending together in a dizzying array of lifestyles and beliefs. Using the categories of historic religion, public religion, and personal religion, No Longer Invisible offers a new framework for understanding this emerging religious terrain, a framework that can help colleges and universities-and the students who attend them-interact with religion more effectively. The stakes are high: Faced with escalating pressures to focus solely on job training, American higher education may find that paying more careful and nuanced attention to religion is a prerequisite for preserving American higher education's longstanding commitment to personal, social, and civic learning.

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Douglas "Jake" Jacobsen (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Professor of Religion, and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (Ed.D., Temple University), Professor of Psychology, jointly direct the Religion in the Academy Project. Their previous publications include Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation (OUP, 2004) and the award-winning edited volume The American University in a Postsecular Age (OUP, 2008).

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"..a highly nuanced, superb study of exceptional lucidity and concision, a great resource for all educators interested in questions about religion in the public sphere, in different learning communities, and in individual lives."--Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education


"Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen do not expect all their readers to be convinced . . . but they have laid out a playing field in which the serious games of 'religion' and 'university' intersect or are fought." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion


"[The Jacobsens'] model allows even public colleges and universities to understand how religious questions can impact teaching and scholarship." -- Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion


"The authors make a convincing argument that religion is both educationally unavoidable and pedagogically transformative . . . educating the whole student means being willing to take all perspectives - even religious perspectives - seriously, from classrooms to student affairs to administrative offices." --Teaching Theology and Religion


"The authors provide a much-needed source for understanding how religion connects with higher learning and how to capitalize on, rather than ignore, such connections." --Religious Studies Review


"The volume is a helpful guide for educators wishing to understand the evolution of religion in higher education, and challenges readers to understand the multifaceted dimensions of religion in individual, community, and university life." --Journal of College and Character


"Alas, the title lacks soul. But the book does not, and readers will be rewarded for their effort if they read this well-written and inviting volume." --Journal of Education and Christian Belief


"This volume is a wise, sophisticated, eminently readable, and profoundly important contribution to the literature of higher education in America. The Jacobsens eloquently and persuasively shatter the wall that has too often precluded the serious examination of how intimately religion and higher education interact. Religion is already an active agent in higher education, in the lives of teachers and students, as well as in the world that higher education is designed to explain and serve. This book informs, challenges and inspires its readers as it weakens the facile distinctions between religious and secular thought."--Lee S. Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


"An intelligent introduction to perhaps the most confused and contested issue on university campuses today-religion. By mapping key features of the contemporary discourse about religion and spirituality in higher education onto sturdy analytical categories from the academic study of religion, No Longer Invisible significantly advances an important conversation. If you are looking to understand religion on your campus-or wondering why you should bother to-read this book."--Patricia O'Connell Killen, Ph.D., Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies, Gonzaga University


"No Longer Invisible is a hugely valuable book and a highly enjoyable read. Religion is a powerful force in our public square and in our students' lives. How campuses engage this force will help determine what role faith plays in our future - a bridge of cooperation or a barrier of division, a source of inspiration, or an excuse for destruction. This book is a great resource for anyone who wants to work proactively to incorporate religion into higher education." --Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core


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