Required Readings
These readings will be discussed during the seminar and are indicated on the schedule.

Bellah, Robert. Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Bender, Courtney. The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination. University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

Harrison, Peter. The Territories of Science and Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Hodder, Ian. Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Lewis, Thomas. Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion: And Vice-Versa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Mahmood, Saba. Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Slingerland, Edward. What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body and Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Taves, Ann. Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

Witzel, Michael. The Origins of the World’s Mythologies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.


Recommended Readings
This list includes the books and essays that inform the shape and scope of the seminar more generally.

Asad, Talal. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford University Press, 2003: “Introduction”; “What Might an Anthropology of Secularism Look Like?”; “Secularism, Nation-State, Religion.”

Brooke, John Hedley, and G. N. Cantor. Reconstructing Nature. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Bruce, Steve. God is Dead: Secularization in the West. Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.

Dubuisson, Daniel. The Western Construction of Religion: Myths, Knowledge, and Ideology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Elshtain, Jean. Sovereignty: God, State, and Self. Basic Books, 2008.

Fitzgerald, Timothy. Discourse on Civility and Barbarity. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Ford, David F., Ben Quash, and Janet Martin Soskice. Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Gauchet, Marcel. The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion. Princeton University Press, 1997.

Gaukroger, Stephen. The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Griffiths, Paul J. Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar. Catholic University of America Press, 2009.

Hamburger, Philip. Separation of Church and State. Harvard University Press, 2002.

Hart, D. G. The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Huber, Toni. Amdo Tibetans in Transition. Brill Publishers, 2002.

Jacobsohn, Gary. The Wheel of Law: India’s Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context. Princeton University Press, 2003.

Johnston, Mark. Saving God: Religion after Idolatry. Princeton University Press, 2009.

Kiss, Elizabeth, et al. Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University. Duke University Press, 2009.

Lilla, Mark. The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West. Knopf, 2007.

Lincoln, Bruce. Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

MacIntyre, Alasdair. Three Rival Versions of Moral Inquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy and Tradition. London: Duckworth, 1990.

Mahmood, Saba. Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton University Press, 2005.

McCutcheon, Russell T. The Discipline of Religion: Structure, Meaning, Rhetoric. Routledge, 2003.

_____. Critics Not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion. State University of New York Press, 2001.

Preus, James. Explaining Religion: Criticism and Theory from Bodin to Freud. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Roberts, Tyler. Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming.

Smith, Barbara. Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion. Yale University Press, 2009.

Smith, Jonathan Z. Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

_____. On Teaching Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

_____.“To Double Business Bound.” New Directions for Higher Educations 84 (1983): 13-23.

_____. “Why the College Major? Questioning the Great, Unexplained Aspect of College Education.” Change 15, no. 5 (1983): 12-15.

_____. “William J. Bennett’s “To Reclaim a Legacy: A Report on the Humanities in Higher Education.” American Journal of Education 93, no.4 (1985): 541-546.

_____. “The New Liberal Arts,” International Journal of Social Education 1 (1986-87): 7-17.

_____. “Playful Acts of Imagination.” Liberal Education 73, no. 5 (1987): 14-20.

_____. “‘Narratives into Problems’: The College Introductory Course and the Study of Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 56, no. 4 (1988): 727-739.

_____. “Connections.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 58, no. 1 (1990): 1-15.

_____. “Teaching the Bible in the Context of General Education.” Teaching Theology and Religion 1, no. 2 (1998): 73-78.

_____. “Religion in the Liberal Arts: Reflections on Teaching.” The Chicago Forum on Pedagogy and the Study of Religion (n.d.): 6-16.

Smith, Steven. The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse. Harvard University Press, 2010.

Stout, Jeffrey. Democracy and Tradition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Stroumsa, Guy G. A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.

Sullivan, Winnifred. The Impossibility of Religious Freedom. Princeton University Press, 2005.

Sun, Anna. Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.

Taylor, Mark C. Critical Terms for Religious Studies. University Of Chicago Press, 1998.

Thomson, Keith Stewart. Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature. Yale University Press, 2007.

Warner, Michael. Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.