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Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

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Almost all higher education at one point in history was considered Christian higher education. But many institutions have drifted away from their Christian heritage, supplanting it with myriad alternative worldviews. Committed to developing serious Christian thinkers and scholars, 29 experts from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions have come together to offer a renewed vision for the distinctive work of Christian higher education. Explaining the foundational beliefs about God, knowledge, and humanity that underlie Christian higher education, this volume demonstrates how the Christian tradition shapes approaches to teaching, learning, scholarship, and practice. A deeper understanding of this vision will equip Christian teachers and students to more effectively engage the broader culture and lead both church and society, for the good of the world and the glory of God.

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Key Features

  • Proposes a renewed vision for Christian education
  • Provides the theological foundations and implications of higher education in society
  • Explores the history and current state of higher education


Part 1: The Theological Shape of Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition

  • Christian Higher Education: An Introduction (David S. Dockery)
  • Knowing And Loving God: Toward A Theology of Christian Higher Education (Nathan A. Finn)
  • The Authority of Holy Scripture: Commitments for Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition (John D. Woodbridge)
  • The Study of Holy Scripture and the Work of Christian Higher Education (George H. Guthrie)
  • Made in the Image of God: Implications for Teaching and Learning (John F. Kilner)
  • Foundations of Christian Higher Education: Learning from Church History (Bradley J. Gundlach)

Part 2: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

  • The Christian Worldview for Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Christopher W. Morgan)
  • Faith and Teaching (Donald C. Guthrie)
  • Faith and Learning (Laurie R. Matthias)
  • The Importance of Research for Teaching and Learning (David W. Pao and Chrystal L. Ho Pao)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (Gene C. Fant Jr.)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (Glenn A. Marsch)
  • Teaching and Learning in Mathematics (Paul R. Bialek)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences (Eric L. Johnson and Russell D. Kosits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Philosophy (Chris L. Firestone)
  • Teaching and Learning in Music and the Arts (Don P. Hedges)
  • Teaching and Learning in Education (Karen A. Wrobbel)
  • Teaching and Learning in Adult and Professional Programs (Timothy L. Smith)

Part 3: Faith, Teaching, and Learning: Applications and Implications for the Campus, the Church, the Marketplace, and the World

  • Faith, Learning, and Catechesis (S. Steve Kang)
  • Faith, Learning, Worship, and Service (Taylor B. Worley)
  • Faith, Learning, and Living (Felix Theonugraha)
  • Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (Katherine M. Jeffery)
  • Faith, Learning, and the World (Greg Forster)
  • Faith, Ethics, and Culture (Micah J. Watson)
  • Faith, Teaching, and Learning in Service to the Church (Thomas H. L. Cornman)
  • The Importance of Intercultural and International Approaches in Christian Higher Education (Peter T. Cha)
  • Missions, the Global Church, and Christian Higher Education (Bruce Riley Ashford)

Top Highlights

“Higher education for the past three hundred years has lived with the tensions of post-Enlightenment philosophies such as rationalism, empiricism, existentialism, phenomenology, Marxism, and recent radical feminist epistemologies. For these reasons, among others, Christian higher education needs to reclaim and advance the Christian intellectual tradition. The University of Halle provided the first example, of many that followed, where piety alone was unable in and of itself to sustain the essence of Christian higher education and the great tradition of Christian thinking.” (Pages 22–23)

“an ecumenical summary of the Christian faith affirmed by nearly all Christians in nearly all places” (Page 45)

“special connection with God as well as being a substantial reflection of God” (Pages 103–104)


Praise for the Print Edition

Christian Higher Education, skillfully edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a work both magisterial and invitational, welcoming the reader into a deeper understanding of the history, need, nature, and purposes of Christian higher education and the implications for the student and broader society. It will serve as a great encouragement and guide for all those interested in the holistic formation of a new generation.

—Cherie Harder, President, The Trinity Forum

In passion, vision, and lifelong commitment to bring theologically sound, biblically faithful, and culturally relevant thinking to bear on Christian education, David Dockery has few peers. In this volume, Dockery, Chris Morgan, and colleagues sound a clarion call to those who serve in Christian higher education by inviting them afresh to understand and fulfill their mission as the theologically informed, Christ-centered, worldview-transforming academic arm of the church.

—J. Randall O’Brien, President, Carson-Newman University

This wonderful collection of essays, edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a superb exploration of both the theological roots and implications of Christian higher education within the evangelical tradition. Unusual in breadth and scope, it provides helpful insight for the new adventurer as well as the serious and seasoned scholar. A gift indeed at such a time as this!

—Stan D. Gaede, President, Christian College Consortium; Scholar in Residence, Gordon College

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About the Editors

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of theology and the dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including several volumes in the Theology in Community series.

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