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Professing in the Postmodern Academy

Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges

Edited by Stephen Haynes

Publication Year: 2002

Professing in the Postmodern Academy examines the landscape of religiously affiliated higher education in America from the perspective of faculty members critically committed to the future of church-related institutions. The book includes articles on a variety of topics from members of the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of Church-Related College, a project that has involved ninety church-related institutions since 1996.

Published by: Baylor University Press

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pp. iii-iv

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pp. v

The authors wish to thank all the persons and institutions who contributed to the completion of this book, especially Lilly Endowment Inc. By funding and cultivating the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College since 1995, the Endowment has made a significant contribution to...

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pp. vii-xv

Scholars have employed a number of images to describe the problems and possibilities associated with American church-related higher education. Charles McCoy (1972) speaks of an identity crisis, an image that foregrounds the struggles which accompany maturation and social change. Merrimon...


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pp. xvii

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A Review of Research on Church-Related Higher Education

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pp. 1-30

In 1944, Albea Godbold began a study of "church colleges in the old South" with a note of deep concern. "Many are asking," he wrote, "can the church college survive? Does it have a place in the American system of higher education? Can it, or dare it, be Christian?"1 In 1953, Winthrop Hudson lamented...


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pp. 31

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The Habit of Empathy: Postmodernity and the Future of the Church-Related College

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pp. 33-48

The rapid perusal of any history of church-related academic institutions in America should easily persuade the reader that tensions between religious traditions and secular culture are ever-present.1 In a nation that has always been at one and the same time highly religious yet formally committed to the...

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Prolegomena to Any Postmodern Hope for the Church-Related College

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pp. 49-71

Put very briefly, the story is said to run like this: Under modernism, real knowledge is objective and the methods of the physical and quantitative sciences have proven themselves to be the most truly objective; hence, through these sciences alone is truth obtained. As a result of this conclusion, systems...

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A Sense of Place and the Place of Sense

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pp. 73-111

A few years ago the institution where I teach, Saint John's in Minnesota, put together a collection of reminiscences by alumni, faculty, and friends entitled A Sense of Place. It is an apt title, for one of the things that comes through loud and clear as a characteristic of our institution and our community is a strong...


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pp. 113

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Conversation and Authority: A Tension in the Inheritance of the Church-Related College

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pp. 115-129

Hannah Arendt begins the preface to her book Between Past and Future by quoting the poet René Char, commenting on the situation of French postwar society: "Our inheritance was left to us by no testament."1 It is an aphorism descriptive of many institutions in our day...

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Beyond the Faith-Knowledge Dichotomy: Teaching as Vocation

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pp. 131-148

How does the language of "vocation" illuminate our understanding of Christian identity and higher education? In this essay, I wish to explore teaching as a vocation in order to shed light on a key issue that has often haunted Christian higher education: the separation between faith and knowledge. Such...

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The Erotic Imagination and the Catholic Academy

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pp. 149-166

Recently, I was invited to be a mentor at a summer colloquy sponsored by the Lilly-endowed Collegium Institute on Faith and Intellectual Life, an organization that brings together Catholic graduate students and young faculty at Catholic institutions to help them explore the Catholic intellectual tradition...


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pp. 167

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"Academic" vs. "Confessional" Study of the Bible in the Postmodern Classroom: A Class Response to Philip Davies and David Clines

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pp. 169-182

While for most of my own intellectual journey the supposed clash of "faith" and "learning" has been a nonissue (the critical study of scripture enriching my reading of it), I believe that current challenges to the enterprise of faith-informed scholarship, particularly the issues...

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Teaching the Conflicts, For the Bible Tells Me So

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pp. 183-193

Although we are not always mindful of it, we are always in a time of culture wars. Culture is culture war. No matter how cosmopolitan, no matter how sectarian, culture always takes shape through social and symbolic violence: dynamics of exclusion as well as inclusion, writing out as well as writing in...

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A Pedagogy of Eucharistic Accompaniment

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pp. 195-214

At the close of the Roman Catholic eucharistic liturgy, a deacon or a celebrant enjoins the community of faith to go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the Latin Mass, the final commission of the celebrant is "Ite Missa es." Those Latin words are more a proclamation of mission...


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pp. 215

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A One-Armed Embrace of Postmodernity: International Education and Church-Related Colleges

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pp. 217-245

In an increasingly culturally diverse and globally interdependent world, U.S. colleges and universities have recognized the necessity for internationally educating their charges through both curricular alterations and study-abroad programs. Impetus for such education is multiplex. For some, the simple...

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Religion and the Curriculum at Church-Related Colleges and Universities

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pp. 247-265

Although much has been written about the tendency of academic institutions to marginalize religion and view it as irrelevant to the academic enterprise, at their best, church-related colleges and universities view religion as central to their mission, academic programs, and community life. A strong...

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From the Ties that Bind to Way-Stations: The Dynamics of Religious Commitment among Students and Their Families

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pp. 267-293

The church-related college has undergone renewed scrutiny in recent years. In important books, scholars such as George Marsden have examined the origins of church-related institutions in the religious and cultural history of the United States.1 Marsden noted the fact that many of the U.S.'s most...


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pp. 295

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A Typology of Church-Related Colleges and Universities

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pp. 297-302

Attempts to classify religiously affiliated institutions of higher learning span the twentieth century. The first appeared in 1906 as part of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's "First Annual Report,"1 which developed a five-part typology of church colleges based on the extent of their...


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pp. 303-339


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pp. 341-356


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pp. 357-360

E-ISBN-13: 9781602580534
E-ISBN-10: 1602580537
Print-ISBN-13: 9781932792447
Print-ISBN-10: 1932792449

Page Count: 377
Publication Year: 2002

Edition: 1st