The dying of the light: the disengagement of colleges and universities from their Christian churches

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W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., Jun 1, 1998 - 868 pages
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James Tunstead Burtchaell, who has extensive experience in American higher education as both a teacher and an administrator, provides case studies of seventeen prominent colleges and universities with diverse ecclesial origins - Congregational, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, and Evangelical. Using published and archival sources as well as firsthand interaction with each institution he covers, Burtchaell narrates how each school's religious identity eventually became first uncomfortable and then expendable, and he analyzes the processes that eroded the bonds between school and church.

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Contents

The Presbyterians
133
The Methodists
257
The Baptists
407
The Lutherans
459
The Catholics
557
The Evangelicals
743
The Story within the Stories
819
Notes
852
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About the author (1998)

Burtchaell is one of the early presidents of the American Academy of Religion and formerly at the University of Notre Dame. He is now a full-time researcher and writer.

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