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Religious Studies versus Theology: why I’m still glad that I 'converted' from theology to religious studies

Cush, D (2009) 'Religious Studies versus Theology: why I’m still glad that I 'converted' from theology to religious studies.' In: Bird, D and Smith, S, eds. Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education: global perspectives. Continuum Advances in Religious Studies . Continuum, London. ISBN 9781847063113

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Religion — Study and teaching — Congresses. Theology — Study and teaching — Congresses. Universities and colleges — Curricula — Congresses.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 09:53
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:29
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/610
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