Scholarship and Christian Faith

Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195170382
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835669 | DOI:
Scholarship and Christian Faith

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The book examines the various ways Christian scholars incorporate faith into their academic endeavors. Literature in this area has frequently assumed a Reformed and evangelical style that links Christianity and academic study under the rubric of “the integration of faith and learning.” In contrast, Scholarship and Christian Faith argues that there are many different ways that faith and scholarship can interact with each other. Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Wesleyan, Anabaptist, and Pentecostal alternatives are discussed. “Living the questions” of learning and faith is suggested as an approach that allows Christians (and, by analogy, persons of other faiths) to be constructively involved in the academy. The work of Ernest L. Boyer is used as an example. Scholarship and Christian Faith also discusses the role that scholarship can play in personal faith and in the life of the church. Finally, this book explores the idea of scholarship itself, drawing distinctions between analytic, strategic and empathic forms of scholarship. Four essays by other scholars embody and elucidate the themes of the book, including hope, hospitality, the relationship of science and religion, and the imbrication of learning and faith. A prologue (by Rodney Sawatsky) and an epilogue (by Kim Phipps) relate the discussion more explicitly to church-related higher education.

Keywords: academy; Anabaptist; Catholic; Christian scholarship; Christianity; church; church-related higher education; Ernest Boyer; hope; hospitality; imbrication; integration of faith and learning; Lutheran; science and religion; scholarship; Wesleyan

Book.  208 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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