Religion and higher education: Historic, personal, and public

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The article examines the significance of clarifying the functions of religion in higher education in the U.S. It discusses that educators should differentiate its three roles which plays in individual lives and in society. They include the historic, personal and public forms which can operate, independently, but often coexist. It perceives that their clarity might help the academy to know when and how religion could enhance and undermine liberal learning.

Conceptual clarity about the three separate, but interrelated, faces of religion can lead to more coherent and fruitful conversations about when and how religion might either enhance or undermine liberal learning.


Originally published as: Jacobsen, D., & Jacobsen, R. H. (2008). Religion and higher education: Historic, personal, and public. Liberal Education 94:3 (Summer 2008), 44-49.

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