By Andrew Faulds, AP Writer An entire field of religious science has sprung up over the past couple of decades, and it’s now the subject of an upcoming book by a New York University professor who says he has witnessed its rise in colleges across the country.
“We’ve become so used to believing that religion is not something that we have to deal with, but the fact that we are able to live in a world where religion is so central to our lives is amazing,” said Nicholas Landreth, a professor of sociology at New York’s Hunter College and the author of “Believer: Religion, Politics, and the Politics of Religion.”
In his new book, Landreth says he watched a man walk into a university campus with his wife, a student, a child, and a couple of friends.
They were all wearing the same robes, the same black shirts, and they were all drinking alcohol, and so they decided to make a pilgrimage to an ancient site.
“I said to the woman, ‘Look, I have this experience.
I have these experiences that I am not going to get over,’ ” Landreth recalled.
“I told her, ‘I am going to walk into this place and find something.
I am going the right direction.
There is something that I need to find.'”
The group of friends was to head to the ancient city of Susa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest concentration of biblical sites in the world.
They decided to go there for a night of partying, eating, and drinking.
They left at 5 a.m. and returned to the temple to find that they had no food, no clothes, no shoes, no food and no water.
“And they just kept saying, ‘There is nothing,'” Landreth said.
The group was also unable to find the ancient text known as the Book of the Dead, a sacred book that was inscribed with stories about the afterlife.
They walked for two days, and then they returned to their hotel to go to bed.
They never saw the Book, Landret said, because they were too exhausted and scared.
“It was one of the things that I thought, ‘If I could get someone to go see the Book,’ that would be the last thing that I would have to do.”
Landreth was surprised by what he found.
The Book of Dead, he said, “had all these stories of people who had been martyred or had been burned to death.”
He said that when he looked up the ancient texts, he was shocked to see that the people who were found there had been “burned to death, burned to ashes, killed.”
“It just made me sick to my stomach,” Landreth added.
“Because the Book says that people can live for thousands of years, but it also says that they can die in that moment and go to the next one.
And I thought that was just completely absurd.”
Landrey’s book is the latest in a series of books that have been published in recent years about religious studies, which he calls the “underground science” of religion.
His latest, “Religion and the Pursuit of Meaning: Religious Science and the Quest for a Meaningful Life,” is the second of his books.
“If you read it, you see the book is kind of a guidepost to what I think is a really interesting field,” he said.
“This is really the next step, I think, for this field.
The next step is to take this to the university.
I think that’s going to be the next big step.”
Landricthe said the university students who he spoke with were “in awe” of the ancient people, and that he was surprised that the ancient world wasn’t mentioned in the book.
“But then, it is what it is,” he added.
In his book, he says he’s also seen how students are learning about the history of religion and the importance of history in the lives of students.
In one case, he describes an undergraduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that had a lecture about a 19th-century Scottish monk named James Cook who is credited with discovering a new way to cook.
“That lecture is one of my favorites,” Landrainthe said.
In another case, a class at Columbia University had a class called “The Great American Novel,” which he said was “about what it means to be an American.”
“There was a lot of discussion about the fact of race and how it is related to our history, and there was a discussion about race in America,” Landricthe explained.
“There was also discussion about gender.
There was a conversation about class and classism.
And there was also a discussion of the relationship between race and class.”
He says this was especially true in the area of religion, which is “just a huge subject.”
“So, to me, that’s what