Note: This post is comprised of selections from a previous term paper for a comparative religions course at Louisiana State University (Reli 2027: Studies in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, taught by Instructor Reem Meshal). It is a response to the question of whether or not religion has a place in academia.
In the modern era, there are many issues facing the acceptance of religion. For many believers, the decline in the role that magic and faith play in real world governments and schools of thought is cause for alarm, and, rather than examining the religion itself, its negative elements, or their own beliefs, focus their attention outward to see what is wrong with “the world” that is precipitating the dwindling numbers of church attendance, an incredibly unfortunate circumstance for an organization financially supported by compulsory donation. In theory, this search for the truth requires introspection and educating one’s self in preparation for “defense of the faith.” In practice, this means desultory comments towards those whose beliefs are different, and attacks upon the credibility of any work or scholar who dares have the nerve to suggest that scriptures of the group in question may be less than wholly accurate, or tampered with over the course of millennia, or metaphorical.