"Introduction to Religious Studies is more like a conversation than a textbook—a conversation about approaches, methods, and discoveries in the study of religion that draws students in, invites them to pose their own questions, and involves them in wrestling with the realities of religious experience and commitments. Introduction to Religious Studies provides a framework for inquiry that is flexible—adaptable to varied classroom contexts and readily paired with other readings and resources of the instructor’s choosing. A particular strength of this volume is its attentiveness to the range and variety of religious expression. Each chapter explores its subject from multiple cultural and faith perspectives, enabling students not only to recognize religious diversity but to ponder the meaning and purpose of particular beliefs and practices. Introduction to Religious Studies is a well-written volume that fits the goals of the introductory religion course, engages students intellectually and interpersonally, and models a rigorous, reflective, and respectful approach to religious study applicable far beyond the classroom."
-Elna K. Solvang, PhD
"Introduction to Religious Studies is the long-awaited answer to the question of how to present the foundational and contemporary dimensions of religious studies in a dialogical framework to the college level undergraduate student. With faculty and student learning goals in mind, the authors share a wealth of scholarship and teaching experience on a variety of topics that invite both critical inquiry and personal exploration. Keeping in mind a broad range of student religious commitments, the text breaks new ground in presenting the complexities of the interrelationship of religion and contemporary life. Educators will find here content that is central to the introductory study of religion as well as resources and references for further investigation."
Department of Religion
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
-Dr. Lucinda A. Nolan
"Throughout the year, students doing independent work in various disciplines come to me asking for guidance on ways that their topics relate to religion. I often find myself scrambling to help them locate resources that are both written at the introductory level and still engaging and rich in content. Introduction to Religious Studies will be an invaluable resource in helping me to help my students. Not only are the topics timely and illustrative, but the list of additional resources at the conclusion of each chapter will help guide students toward doing the kinds of work they want to do."
Assistant Professor of Religious Education
The Catholic University of America
-Trina Janiec Jones
"The book is well put together with good, good writers. The editing is superb--so much so that, if you were not told at the outset that the chapters are written by different writers, I’m not sure you would guess it. I like the format used for each chapter with Preface, Chapter Goals, Introduction, and Conclusion, with Questions for Reflection and Discussion scattered throughout, and ending with a good list of Additional Resources, including Web resources. This is a positive book; it is not written from a perspective of religious arrogance – 'my faith is better than yours!' – but is an attempt to look honestly at 'religion' both devotionally and academically. It is a fine piece of work."
Associate Professor of Religion
-G. Byrns Coleman
"Honestly, my students actuallyenjoyed the text, Introduction to Religious Studies. There are several reasons for this: the distinction it makes, early on, between the academic and devotional study of religion; the accessibility of the majority of the articles; the wide range of diverse topics it offers, as well as the meaningful questions for reflection and discussion it encourages. Non-traditional and first-year students alike gave it high ratings.
I recommend it enthusiastically."
Professor of Religion
-Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D.
"Introduction to Religious Studies provided my students with a variety of perspectives on issues in the study of religion that they find important. The material was both accessible and challenging, worthy achievements for any text."
Professor of Religious Studies
Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA