On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith

Hardcover | November 28, 2012

EditorChristopher I. Lehrich

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For more than thirty years, Jonathan Z. Smith has been perhaps the most important voice of critical reflection within the academic study of religion. His essays are cited constantly, his books used in undergraduate and graduate classes. Smith has also produced a significant corpus of essaysand lectures on teaching and on the essential role of academic scholarship on religion in matters of education and public policy. Many of these articles appeared in education journals, which unfortunately most academic scholars do not read; others are collected in specialist volumes of conferenceproceedings on Judaic Studies, for example. Many were originally delivered as keynote speeches to the AAR and other major scholarly organizations, and although scholars reminisce about hearing Smith deliver them, the works themselves are not readily available. Education is not a side issue for Smith, and his essays continually shed light on fundamental questions. What differentiates college from high school? What are the proper functions of an introductory course? What functions should a department serve in undergraduate and graduate education? How shoulda major or concentration be conceived - if at all? What roles should the academic guilds play in public discourse on education and on religion? Most importantly, what does it mean to say that one is both a scholar and a teacher, and what responsibilities does this entail? On Teaching Religioncollects the best of these essays and lectures into one volume, along with a new essay by Smith.

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For more than thirty years, Jonathan Z. Smith has been perhaps the most important voice of critical reflection within the academic study of religion. His essays are cited constantly, his books used in undergraduate and graduate classes. Smith has also produced a significant corpus of essaysand lectures on teaching and on the essential ...

Christopher I. Lehrich is Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University; Jonathan Z. Smith is Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities; Committees on the Ancient Mediterranean World and on the History of Culture, and Associate Faculty in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A Prefatory NoteIntroduction: Approaching the College ClassroomPart One: RELIGION IN THE ACADEMY1. The Introductory Course: Less Is Better2. Basic Problems In the Study of Religion3. Scriptures and Histories4. Here and Now: Prospects for Graduate Education5. Connections6. Religious Studies: Whither (Wither) and Why?7. Are Theological and Religious Studies Compatible?8. 'Religion' and 'Religious Studies': No Difference at AllPart Two: THE ACADEMIC PROFESSION9. Re-Forming the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Retrospective10. Why the College Major?: Questioning the Great Unexplained Aspect of Undergraduate Education11. Puzzlement12. Towards Imagining New Frontiers13. To Double Business BoundChristopher I. Lehrich: Editorial RemarksIndex