Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation

Hardcover | April 14, 2004

byDouglas Jacobsen, Rhonda Hustedt JacobsenForeword byMartin E. Marty

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This book enters a lively discussion about religious faith and higher education in America that has been going on for a decade or more. During this time many scholars have joined the debate about how best to understand the role of faith in the academy at large and in the special arena ofchurch-related Christian higher education. The notion of faith-informed scholarship has, of course, figured prominently in this conversation. But, argue Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, the idea of Christian scholarship itself has been remarkably under-discussed. Most of the literature has assumed adefinition of Christian scholarship that is Reformed and evangelical in orientation: a model associated with the phrase "the integration of faith and learning." The authors offer a new definition and analysis of Christian scholarship that respects the insights of different Christian traditions(e.g., Catholic, Lutheran, Anabaptist, Wesleyan, Pentecostal) and that applies to the arts and to professional studies as much as it does to the humanities and the natural and social sciences. The book itself is organized as a conversation. Five chapters by the Jacobsens alternate with fourcontributed essays that sharpen, illustrate, or complicate the material in the preceding chapters. The goal is both to map the complex terrain of Christian scholarship as it actually exists and to help foster better connections between Christian scholars of differing persuasions and betweenChristians and the academy as a whole.

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This book enters a lively discussion about religious faith and higher education in America that has been going on for a decade or more. During this time many scholars have joined the debate about how best to understand the role of faith in the academy at large and in the special arena ofchurch-related Christian higher education. The no...

Douglas Jacobsen is Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College and is the author, most recently, of Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (2003). Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen is Professor of Psychology and Director of Faculty Development at Messiah College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195170385

ISBN - 13:9780195170382

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"This ranks as one of the best contributions to the debate so far. This is a helpful and serious study, which manages to be constructive as well as realistic. It may be warmly recommended to any readers who are concerned with the relationship between their commitment to scholarship and theircommitment to Christianity." --Theology