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.
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312176961