Eastern Orthodox Christianity And American Higher Education: Theological, Historical, And Contemporary Reflections by Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides

Eastern Orthodox Christianity And American Higher Education: Theological, Historical, And…

EditorAnn Mitsakos Bezzerides, Elizabeth H. Prodromou

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Over the last two decades, the American academy has engaged in a wide-ranging discourse on faith and learning, religion and higher education, and Christianity and the academy. Eastern Orthodox Christians, however, have rarely participated in these conversations. The contributors to this volume aim to reverse this trend by offering original insights from Orthodox Christian perspectives into the ongoing discussion about religion, higher education, and faith and learning in the United States.

The book is divided into two parts. Essays in the first part explore the historical experiences and theological traditions that inform (and sometimes explain) Orthodox approaches to the topic of religion and higher education—in ways that often set them apart from their Protestant and Roman Catholic counterparts. Those in the second part problematize and reflect on Orthodox thought and practice from diverse disciplinary contexts in contemporary higher education. The contributors to this volume offer provocative insights into philosophical questions about the relevance and application of Orthodox ideas in the religious and secular academy, as well as cross-disciplinary treatments of Orthodoxy as an identity marker, pedagogical framework, and teaching and research subject.

"Seldom have so many scholars representing such a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (even the hard sciences) been brought together to address the important issue of faith and learning through the prism of various aspects of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The fact that all but one of these contributors are themselves Orthodox Christian scholars provides ample proof that most likely representatives of Orthodox Christianity will be active participants in the ongoing debate addressing the crucial question of faith and the academy, or Athens and Jerusalem, to borrow Tertullian's much abused epigrammatic description of the phenomenon. Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education will be useful to the growing number of classes on Eastern Orthodox history and culture taught in American colleges and universities." —Theofanis G. Stavrou, University of Minnesota

About The Author

Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides is director of the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is visiting associate professor of conflict resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Contributors: Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides, John A. McGuckin, Michael C. Legaspi, George L. Parsenios, Br...

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Title:Eastern Orthodox Christianity And American Higher Education: Theological, Historical, And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:454 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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"In this beautifully edited volume, the contributors issue a prophetic challenge to their fellow Orthodox Christians to join the longstanding conversation concerning the place of religion in American higher education. The fact that Orthodox Christians have not been part of this conversation in the past is lamentable, given the vast intellectual and spiritual resources of Orthodoxy. But the times are changing. The dynamic renewal of Orthodox institutions and Orthodox culture in the post-communist East in the last thirty years is moving global Orthodoxy 'from margins to mainstream,' as Elizabeth Prodromou puts it in these pages. A new engagement of Orthodoxy with the academy is an instance of this change. All parties interested in the destiny of American higher education will benefit as Orthodox colleagues take a seat at the table." —Paul Valliere, McGregor Professor in the Humanities, Butler University