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Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (D L Bird) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9781847063120
Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (D L Bird) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9781847063120
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Title: Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education: Global Perspectives

Author: Bird, D L

Additional Authors or Contributors: Simon G. Smith (eds)

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781847063120

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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Theology and religious studies co-exist in the majority of departments in higher education institutions within the UK, yet there has been very little debate or discussion on how these two disciplines relate to one another in this context and on a more general level. This new collection of essays aims to redress the balance and to add to fruitful discussion in this area Including essays by some of today's leading academics on the sometimes contentious relationship between religious studies--or the study of religions--and theology, this volume is international in scope, with contributions from scholars from the UK, USA, South Africa, Netherlands, Sweden and Iran. Many of the essays offer a contextualised account of the evolving relationship between the disciplines. The contributors address such issues as the place of theology within today's universities; the problem of clashing methodologies in theology and religious studies; the possibility for a "theological religious studies"; approaching the study of religions without theology; interdisciplinary approaches for bridging the theology/religious studies divide; and the place of biblical studies in the theology/religious studies debate.

Table Of Contents

List of Contributors


1. Religious Studies versus Theology: why I'm still glad that I "converted" from Theology to Religious Studies Denise Cush (Queen Margaret University, UK)

2. Theology and Religious Studies for a Multifaith and Secular Society David F. Ford (University of Cambridge, UK)

3. Theology and Religious Studies OR Theology versus Religious Studies? Gavin D'Costa (University of Bristol, UK)

4. Theology as Past and Future of Religious Studies: An Incarnational Approach Erik Borgman (Yilbery University, Netherlands) and Stephan van Erp (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

5. The Irony of Religious Studies: A Pro-Theological Argument from the Swedish Experience Mattias Martinson (Uppsala University, Sweden)

6. The Inevitability of Normativity in the Study of Religion: Theology in Religious Studies Thomas Lewis (Brown University, USA)

7. Towards a Socio-Cultural, Non-Theological Definition of Religion James Cox (University of Edinburgh, UK)

8. A Spatial Analysis of the Relationship between Theology and Religious Studies: knowledge-power strategies and metaphors of containment and separation Kim Knott (University of Leeds, UK)

9. "A Coat of Many Colours": Interweaving Strands in Theology and Religious Studies Ursula King (Bristol University, UK)

10. Interdisciplinary Theology: Bridging the Theology / Religious Studies Divide Shannon Craigo-Snell (Yale University, USA)

11. Recent Developments in Theology and Religious Studies: The South African Experience J. Jarvis (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and C. A. E. Moodie (Theological Education By Extension College, Johannesburg, South Africa)

12. The Place of Theology in Iranian Universities: The Challenges of Teaching Theology in Modern Iran Mohammad Sadegh Zahedi (Imam Khomeini International University, Iran)

13. The Bible: Fringe or Hinge? Hugh Pyper (University of Sheffield, UK)

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