The Future of Religious Studies and the Public Understanding of Religion in a Global Age

This conversation addressed how theological and religious education should be transformed under the array of challenges we face in a global era. Specifically, it addressed the pressures on theological and religious education and ways that these disciplines can adapt to a changing landscape; ways that professors of undergraduates in non-religious studies departments can teach students about religion across academic disciplines; and how these various modes of religious and theological education can rise to the challenges of deep misunderstanding about religious peoples, traditions, and norms.
A panel of distinguished scholars, including Ayesha Chaudhry (University of British Columbia), Dean David Hempton (Harvard Divinity School), President Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary), Erik Owens (Boston College), and Michael Kessler (Georgetown University), discussed these and other challenges to the future of religious studies.

 
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