Book Review: A Student’s Guide To Religious Studies

Edge Induced Cohesion

A Student’s Guide To Religious Studies, by D.G. Hart

I must admit this was not the book I was expecting to read.  As someone who has done a large amount of religious studies, both in the Bible as well as comparative religions and even patristics [1], I expected a guide to religious studies to recommend the sort of religious studies that a student should undertake.  What I read instead was a book about the history of religious studies in the United States and the way in which the relationship between religion and the academy has been, to put it very mildly, deeply troubled within American history.  The author is, to be sure, sober and restrained in his conclusions, and the story he tells is deeply interesting, but it wasn’t the story I was expecting.  This is not a bad thing, to be surprised in such a fashion, but it certainly…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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