Title

Campus religious life in America: Revitalization and renewal

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

What role does organized religion play in the life of the American campus? Among both scholarly and popular observers, the university has long been regarded as secular territory. Contrary to the .cphsecularization thesis, the history of campus religion is not a declension narrative. This essay provides an overview of the student religious landscape in America, focusing most of its attention on schools that are not affiliated with a religious tradition. It identifies six signs of religious vitality on campus: 1) the expansion of evangelicalism; 2) the revitalization of Catholic student organizations; 3) the reinvention of campus Judaism; 4) the growth of new immigrant and alternative religions; 5) the beginnings of renewal in mainline Protestant campus ministries; 6) the embrace of spirituality by student affairs professionals. Noting several recent studies on education and religiosity, it concludes that college is not especially damaging to religious commitment.

Recommended Citation

Schmalzbauer, John. Campus religious life in America: Revitalization and renewal." Society 50, no. 2 (2013): 115-131."

DOI for the article

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12115-013-9640-6

Department

Religious Studies

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