The lecture posed, for discussion, four questions about the study of religions in higher education:
- if religion declines or disappears, sooner or later, will Religious Studies go with it?
- Does a Religious Studies/Study of Religions dept need to be associated with religions in order to survive?
- Does a Religious Studies dept. need, or should it have, a religious or quasi-religious ethos?
- Does there need to be any relationship between one¿s Religious Studies teaching/research and personal religious (or anti-religious etc.)interests?