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Religion, Higher Education, and the Public Sphere

This summer at MacLaurinCSF, a few of us are reading some of the key works in the broad area of religion, higher education, and the public sphere.

We’ll post brief reports from our discussions as we read; weigh in in the comments with reflections or responses of your own: What place does religion have in higher education? Only as an object of study? Perhaps sequestered in confessional institutions? Present but private at the public university?

Week One

The Secularization of Higher Education

  • Brad Gregory, The Unintended Reformation, chapter 6

For further reading:

  • Jon Roberts and James Turner, The Sacred and the Secular University
  • George Marsden, The Soul of the American University

Week 2

Morality and the Secular University

For further reading:

  • Julie Reuben, The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality

Week 3

What is the Secular?

  • Stanley Hauerwas, The State of the University
  • John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory, ch. 1

For further reading:

Week 4

Religion and the Public Sphere

  • John Rawls, “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited”
  • Jürgen Habermas, “Religion in the Public Sphere”; “A ‘post-secular’ society: what does it mean?”
  • Eric Gregory, Politics and the Order of Love

Week 5

Contemporary Proposals

  • Hauerwas, The State of the University, chs. 1 & 11
  • Gavin D’Costa, Theology in the Public Square
  • James R. Stoner, Stanley Hauerwas, Paul Griffiths, David Bentley Hart, “Theology as Knowledge: A Symposium,” First Things

Week 6

Contemporary Proposals

  • Readings TBD

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