The Idea of a Christian University: Essays in Theology and Higher Education

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Jeff Astley, Leslie J. Francis, John Sullivan, Andrew Walker
Paternoster, 2004 - 316 pages
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Today the academy is in a state of turmoil, torn apart by market-driven pressures, systematic underfunding by central government, overworked and highly stressed staff, increased student numbers and an ever widening division between research-led and teaching-led institutions. All this is a far cry from the religiously inspired ideals of Christian higher education which underpinned the foundation of so many centres of learning across the U. K., Europe, North America, and Australasia. In this timely and provocative collection of essays, scholars from across the world re-examine the idea of a Christian university and offer a radical alternative vision for the future of the academy. Theologians from Anglican, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant traditions engage both with the historic roots from which the idea of the Christian University emerges and with the contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by higher education today. Contributors include Professor Sam Berry, Professor David Carr, Dr. Gavin D'Costa, Dr. Gerard Loughlin, Dr. Patricia Malone, Professor Ian Markham, Professor Adrian Thatcher and Dr. Elmer Thiessen.

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Contents

The Idea of a Christian University
3
University Christian Faith and the Church
14
Objections to the Idea of a Christian University
35
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JEFF ASTLEY is director of the North of England Institute for Christian Education. Leslie Francis is professor of Practical Theology in the University of Wales, Bangor. John Sullivan is professor of Christian Education and Foundation Dean of Liverpool Hope College of Higher Education, and Andrew Walker is the canon professor of Theology, Culture and Education at King's College, London. Leslie Francis is D J James Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity College Carmarthen and a Professor of Theology in the University of Wales. John Sullivan is a Carmelite priest and the publisher of the Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications, Washington, D.C. Andrew Walker is Canon Professor of Culture, Theology and Education at King's College, London; the editor of the 'Deep Church' series from Paternoster Press (books on the relationship between tradiition and contemporary religious practice),and the author of Remembering Our Future: Explorations in Deep Church (2007); and The Idea of a Christian University.

Sullivan is a Carmelite priest and the publisher of the Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications, Washington, D.C.

Walker is research fellow at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

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