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The Pragmatic Role of Religious Studies

Amanda Porterfield

in The Transformation of American Religion

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131376
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195131371.003.0007
The Pragmatic Role of Religious Studies

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The academic study of religion in colleges and universities played an indirect but important role in the development of spirituality. Courses in religious studies proliferated in the context of the Vietnam War, criticism of American Protestant culture, and the search for alternative forms of religious meaning. This chapter identifies the historical roots of religious studies in Protestant thought and describes the development of the field, paying particular attention to the influences of Paul Tillich and Mircea Eliade.

Keywords: academic study of religion; Mircea Eliade; religious studies; spirituality; Paul Tillich

Chapter.  9189 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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