Theology and ReligionWhy It Matters
Theology and Religion
Why It Matters

Graham Ward argues that the study of theology and religion, as a single academic discipline, plays a vital role in helping us to understand politics, world affairs, and the nature of humanity itself. Religion can be used to justify inhumane actions, but it also feeds dreams, inspires hopes, and shapes aspirations. By invoking a sense of wonder about the natural world, religion can promote scientific discoveries, and by focusing on shared experiences, religion helps to bind societies together. Some scientists now believe that religious feeling might be hard-wired into our DNA, a fundamental aspect of what makes us human. Because religion is rooted in the imagination itself, its study involves staring into the profundities of who we are. Religion will not go away, so it needs to be understood.

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  • March 2019
  • 160 pages
  • 130 x 191 mm / 5 x 8 in
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Table of Contents



1 A Millennial Age

2 Living with Invisibility

3 Religion and Power

4 Religion and Contemporary Science


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About the Author

Graham Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and the author of numerous books. He is also an Anglican priest.

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'Graham Ward makes a bold and original case for studying theology and religion together. In a breathtaking journey across space and time, he explores why religion has captured the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of billions of people the world over, and why theological and religious literacy is vital for living wisely today.'
Jolyon Mitchell, University of Edinburgh

‘Readers will be grateful for the compelling examples, the accessible prose, and the generous tone of this book by a distinguished scholar.’
Thomas Tweed, author of Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion

“An engaging personal reflection on Theology and Religious Studies, how they have come together, and what they can tell us about who we are.”
Professor Linda Woodhead MBE, Lancaster University


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