In The Politics of Religious Studies, Donald Wiebe takes on a debate that has been raging in universities across North America and Europe for some years now. The issue is whether to approach religion as a science, free from the dissemination of beliefs and evangelizing, or to study it as a form of faith and therefore draw lines between believers and nonbelievers. Wiebe persuasively argues the former, claiming that if taught in a university religion must be treated as a science, with all the objectivity and research that are brought to other subjects. He further maintains that the study of theology should take place in seminaries, which are the proper places for the pursuit of religion as a creed. Exploring the true meaning and role of an academic, Wiebe shows how by propagating religion, instructors are abandoning their academic task to "explain everything and enjoin nothing." Certain to incite controversy, The Politics of Religious Studies is an intelligent manifesto guaranteed to help readers look at academia, the search for knowledge, and the idea of religion in an entirely new light.
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Donald Wiebe is Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity College in Toronto.
Sometimes how we study is just as important and intriguing as why or what we study. Wiebe (religious studies, Trinity Coll., Toronto) has gathered an outstanding selection of his essays concerning various approaches to the study of religion. He is not an impartial scholar. He champions the idea that religion at colleges and universities should be studied as a science, as free from proselytizing as possible, and not as forms of belief that separate the faithful from the faithless. The place, he believes, for inculcating theological creed is the denominationally defined seminary. If Wiebe kept his discussion focused on this debate alone, the volume would more than pay for itself. However, he brings up a more important question: what is the true and proper role of an academy faced with conflicting paradigms in a contentious area of study? The essays addressing this question are written mainly for scholars and will be difficult for lay readers to appreciate. Recommended only for academic libraries.?Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312176961
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110312176961