WARREN A. NORD was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities and Human Values at UNC–Chapel Hill, a position he held from 1979-2004. While he was director of the Program, it sponsored over 700 seminars, workshops, and conferences, attended by more than 40,000 participants. He also taught the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of education in the Philosophy Department from 1981 until his retirement from the University in 2009.
In his book Religion and American Education, “Warren Nord brings to the vexed question of the place of religion in American education that rare thing, wisdom. Setting the issue in the broadest historical and philosophical framework, he shows how much we have lost by the secularization of our education…. Nord’s book speaks, directly and indirectly, not only to the question of religion and education but to the place of religion in our culture as a whole. His intelligent and wise reflections deserve the widest audience.” —Robert Bellah, Eliot Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; co-author of Habits of the Heart and many books on religion and culture, and America’ preeminent sociologist of religion.
As a scholar he was the author of many articles on religion, morality, and education, and a trilogy of books on religion and education: Religion and American Education: Rethinking a National Dilemma (UNC Press, 1995), a comprehensive, scholarly study of historical, philosophical, constitutional, and pedagogical issues relating to religion in secondary and higher education; Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum (ASCD, 1998), co-authored with Charles C. Haynes, a guidebook for teachers on “taking religion seriously” across the K-12 curriculum, and Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in our Schools and Universities (Oxford University Press, September, 2010) for the general reader interested in the role of religion in the role of religion in education and our culture wars. This book is the culmination of his twenty-five years of work on religion and education.