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Building Academic Communities

George M. Marsden

in The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780195122909
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122909.003.0007
Building Academic Communities

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This chapter argues that contemporary Christian scholarship will not realize its potential unless it can establish a strong institutional base. Isolated individuals in university culture can make impressive efforts here and there, but unless their voices are concerted, they will be lost in the general cacophony of the contemporary academy. Scholars, like everyone else, depend on communities. If like-minded academics do not form their own sub-communities, then they will be dependent entirely on the communities that already exist. These, of course, have little place for inquiry concerning faith and learning. If such inquiry is to grow as a recognized part of contemporary academia, it must depend on institutions and networks which can sustain that enterprise.

Keywords: Christian scholarship; Christian scholars; academic communities; institutions

Chapter.  4115 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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