by Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, & David L. Riggs
Prominent voices reflect upon Christian higher education as it may exist beyond the influence of the faith integration model.
Over the last generation the phrase "integration of faith and learning" has come to describe how many Christian colleges and universities understand the way all forms of learning fall under the lordship of Jesus Christ. With its origins in the philosophical and theological insights of the Reformed tradition, this phrase has expanded its influence to institutions nurtured by numerous Christian traditions.
This volume draws together prominent voices who are beginning to reflect upon Christian higher education as it may exist beyond the influence of the integration model. The book is organized by areas historically considered to make up the core of an undergraduate general education curriculum--the natural sciences, the social sciences, the behavioral sciences, and the liberal arts. Contributors include scholars who have emerged as seminal voices in their fields and have wrestled with some of the larger questions facing the Christian academy.
Todd C. Ream is the Senior Scholar for Faith and Scholarship and Associate Professor of Humanities in the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University. He also serves as a Research Fellow with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.
Jerry Pattengale serves as Director of the Green Scholars Initiative. He also is the Assistant Provost for Scholarship and Public Engagement at Indiana Wesleyan University, a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.
David L. Riggs is Associate Professor of Humanities and the Executive Director of the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesley University. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches courses in history, religion, and undergraduate research.
"Although 'integration' has long served as a useful word for the goals of Christian academic life, the sprightly essays in this book suggest that other metaphors, newer strategies, and broader perspectives might better serve the tasks of Christian learning. . . . The book's cumulative message is that the times are alive with provocative Christian reflection promoting purposeful wrestling with major problems in and among the disciplines of the modern academy. That message should be a real stimulus to the most helpful kind of Christian academic effort."
Mark A. Noll
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"The most generative conversations about faith-shaped scholarship today are taking place in interdisciplinary spaces. These conversations, about the nature of knowing, the embodied and embedded human person, and the purposes and practices Christian academic community, are well represented in this volume. These essays . . . will be a valuable resource for faculty reading seminars or for anyone who desires and overview of the ways that faith and learning questions are changing and deepening."
Provost, Calvin College
"Timely, thoughtful, balanced, and challenging, Beyond Integration? addresses with sophistication and depth some of the most important questions facing Christian Higher Education. Scholars, educators, and students will find this book to be wonder. Scholars, educators, and students will find this book to be a wonderful catalyst for a serious and much needed debate."
—Byron R. Johnson
Director of the Institute for Studies of Religions;
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University.
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