Understanding Humanity's Pursuit of the Divine. This brief primer explains why Christian students should study religion, how they should go about it, and why it is important in our contemporary, pluralistic context. Terry Muck, who has been a scholar of religion for over thirty-five years, introduces the discipline and explains how the study of religion can be approached by Christian students. He explores the contemporary significance of studying religion in a complex, multicultural world, which requires engaged Christians to develop an understanding of other religions and religious movements along with their adherents. Muck concludes by addressing the skills and perspectives students must bring to the study of religion in the twenty-first century.
Why Study Religion? explores how committed Christians can be excellent "objective" students of religion, active and accepted in the academic guilds of religious studies scholarship without shortchanging their own deeply held religious beliefs. Written in accessible prose suitable for undergraduates, it can be used to supplement any standard religion textbook in an introductory religion course.
"More than any other subject in the university curriculum, the study of religion and religious life should be at the forefront of our required courses. Terry Muck has provided us with an introduction to this field that can be picked up by skeptic and believer alike. When we ask religious questions--with the newspaper in our hands and our religious affections in our hearts--we will be well advised to ask Muck for guidance. This volume is a marvelous guide for the beginner, whether religious zealot or secularist. This is not, however, a book that is for the West only; it should be translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Arabic to create a global conversation about what it means to be religious and to study the religious life of others." --Scott W. Sunquist, author of "Understanding Christian Mission"