Guardian: Teaching religion – my students are trying to run my course

large_lectureI’m a senior academic in a religion department at a Russell Group university. Before you ask, no, we’re not training would-be vicars. And no, we’re not in the business of promoting particular faiths.

In fact, I’m an atheist (always have been), and my motivating “belief” as an academic is that the secular study of religions is a crucial activity in any university.

You don’t need to be a disciple of Richard Dawkins (and I’m certainly not) to realise religion continues to play a major role in contemporary societies and cultures, whether we like it or not. But those interested in religion need to be able to engage with it by deploying an intellectual and critical rigour that reading Dawkins’ God Delusion simply cannot offer.

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