Dr. Hans Gustafson, director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas and an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology, recently published the book Everyday Wisdom: Interreligious Studies in a Pluralistic World.
Over the last decade, interreligious and interfaith studies have flourished in religion and theology departments, emphasizing the value of religious literacy for professional, vocational, and civic leadership. Everyday Wisdom offers an accessible introduction with an emphasis on lived religion, interreligious studies, and interfaith engagement and leadership.
Gustafson first explores the study of religion and interreligious studies, including the complexity and dynamism of religious identity, the global religious landscape, lived-religion approaches to the study of religion, and (inter)religious literacy. He then examines the relationship between the academic field of interreligious studies and the civic project of interfaith engagement.