Religious Advocacy and American HistoryReligious Advocacy and American History
Bruce Kuklick
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To what extent does the culture of the modern research university harbor and nuture a bias against religion? Some scholars believe that the academy inconsistently excludes personal religious convictions while welcoming most other kinds of personal beliefs such as those concerning gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Others say that religion in the university is thriving and point to the proliferation of religious studies programs and the mounting literature on religion in the social sciences and humanities.
Related to the question of academic bias against religion is the degree to which teaching about religion is a form of religious advocacy. Some believe that even though teaching about religion is necessary to understand human experience, such teaching often borders on advocacy if the dogmatic intolerant, and unreasonable nature of religion is not acknowledged. Others answer that if professors may advocate other ideologies--whether political, cultural, or economic--that are fairly partisan, then religion should not be treated differently.
Religious Advocacy and American History explores the general question of bias and objectivity in higher learning from the perspective of the role of religious convictions in the study of American history. The contributors to this book, many of whom are leading historians of American religion and culture, address primarily two related questions. First, how do personal religious convictions influence one's own research, writing, and teaching? And second whatplace should personal beliefs have within American higher education?

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Harry S. Stout
Bruce Kuklick and D. G. Hart

Section One: Christian Faith and Historical Knowledge
Christian Advocacy and the Rules of the Academic Game

George M. Marsden
Traditional Christianity and the Possibility of Historical Knowledge
Mark A. Noll
On Critical History
Bruce Kuklick
Advocacy and Academe
Murray G. Murphey

Section Two: Advocacy and the Politics of the Academy
Marxism, Christianity, and Bias in the Study of Southern Slave Society

Eugene D. Genovese
Advocacy and the Writing of American Women's History
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
In Search of the Fourth "R": The Treatment of Religion in American History Textbooks and Survey Courses
Paul Boyer
What's So Special About the University Anyway?
D.G. Hart

Section Three: Advocacy in the Writing of Religious History
Understanding the Past, Using the Past: Reflections on Two Approaches to History

Grant Wacker
A Transcendentalist's Aristotle: Nonevangelical Reflections on Conviction and the Writing of History
Catherine L. Albanese
Seldon's Choice: Variations on a Theme by Asimov
Paul A. Carter
One Historian's Sundays
Leslie Woodcock Tentler
Leo P. Ribuffo