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No Longer Invisible

Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

in No Longer Invisible

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844739
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844739.003.0001
No Longer Invisible

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Religion has become more visible on many college and university campuses, as illustrated by examples including Penn State, MIT, Harvard, and Boston College. The religion that has “returned” to higher education is not, however, the old religion of the past. Religion today is characterized by pluriformity, meaning not only that more religious traditions are now present in American society, but also that the contours of religion are less clear. We currently inhabit a religio-secular world where many different life stances interact. In this context, religion has to be defined broadly to include not just traditional religion, but also what Thomas Luckmann called “invisible religion,” or what Paul Tillich called “ultimate concerns.” Understood this way, religion is not something that has to be imported into higher education, because religion is already present there (albeit sometimes invisibly). Paying attention to the varied religious dimensions of learning will enhance, not undermine, higher education as a whole.

Keywords: secularism; Penn State; Boston College; MIT; Harvard; general education; Catholic; hospitality; religio-secular

Chapter.  6407 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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