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Prologue: The Virtue of Scholarly Hope

Rodney J. Sawatsky

in Scholarship and Christian Faith

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195170382
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195170385.003.0001
Prologue: The Virtue of Scholarly Hope

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Conservative Protestants often assume that there was a time when American higher education was controlled by Christian saints, but whose legacy was lost via the slippery slope of secularization. Sawatsky writes that it is time to set aside this myth of declension and to celebrate the vibrant reality of contemporary Christian scholarship. The vocation of the Christian scholar is to seek wisdom as part of “a community of pilgrims on a journey into a hope-filled future.”

Keywords: Christian scholarship; Christian vocation; hope; myth of declension; secularization; slippery slope; wisdom

Chapter.  5115 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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