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Religion’s Role in the History of Ideas

posted on February 24, 2015

At The Wall Street Journal, Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, discusses how religion should be taught in universities. “When we exercise historical imagination about secular topics, we have an easier time accepting the possibility that we might be wrong, that new evidence might change our minds. Religious questions seem to cut more deeply,” Roth writes. “Why is it so hard for my very smart students to make this leap—not the leap of faith but the leap of historical imagination? I’m not trying to make a religious believer out of anybody, but I do want my students to have a nuanced sense of how ideas of knowledge, politics and ethics have been intertwined with religious faith and practice.”

Read at The Wall Street Journal