religion department. This follows a growing trend demonstrated by Newcastle University, the University of Sheffield, etc. I know of several departments in American universities that fear the same as departments are folded into classics, philosophy, and literature departments.
The English-speaking world is also the Christianized world in enumerable ways. Whether or not we ought to use the term post-Christian can be debated. What is clear is that Christianity has played a major role in the shaping of these cultures for good and ill. Additionally it has never been more important to understand and respect our religious borders with the many and varied forms of Islam, Israel (both in concept and state), and a thousand permutations of North, East, South, and Southeast Asian religious expressions.
Yet religious literacy is valued less and less by the Christianized West.
I view this trend in higher education as a canary in a coal mine. If so, if university religious studies departments continue to close up shop, one wonders if seminaries and confessional institutions will become the last bastion for religious education in academe.
What do the readers of this blog think? Do we have enough evidence to warrant using the word trend? If so, what are the implications of this trend? How must confessional institutions change to accommodate students who cannot find places in secular graduate program(me)s?