Can Faith Be More Than a Sideshow in the Contemporary Academy?

Robert Wuthnow

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Wuthnow describes changes in the way religion was treated in American higher education over the course of the twentieth century. He notes that religion has been largely eliminated from the sciences, but that attention to religion has actually increased in the humanities and social sciences. Wuthnow then argues that faculty and students who are committed to their religious faith have three possible options available to them, which he calls accommodation, resistance, and intentional reframing. He also suggests that humility is an important component in academic discussions about religion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe American University in a Postsecular Age
Subtitle of host publicationReligion and the Academy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199869145
ISBN (Print)9780195323443
StatePublished - May 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Accommodation
  • Faith
  • Humanities
  • Intentional reframing
  • Marginalization
  • Postmodernism
  • Religion
  • Resistance
  • Social sciences


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