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A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643929
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738845 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643929.001.0001
A Theology of Higher Education

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This book provides a constructive critique of Higher Education policy and practice in the UK, the US and beyond, from the standpoint of Christian theology. It focuses on the role universities can and should play in forming students and staff in intellectual virtue, in sustaining vibrant communities of inquiry, and in serving the public good. It argues both that modern secular universities can be a proper context for Christians to pursue their calling as disciples to learn and to teach, and that Christians can contribute to the flourishing of such universities as institutions devoted to learning for the common good. In the process, the book sets out a vision of the good university as secular and religiously plural, as socially inclusive, and as deeply and productively entangled with the surrounding society. Along the way, it engages with a range of historical examples (the medieval University of Paris, the University of Berlin in the nineteenth century, and John Henry Newman’s work in Oxford and Dublin) and with a range of contemporary writers on Higher Education from George Marsden to Stanley Hauerwas and from David Ford to Rowan Williams.

Keywords: university; higher education; Christian theology; idea of a university; medieval university; Christian university; John Henry Newman; University of Berlin; intellectual virtue; common good

Book.  304 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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Introduction in A Theology of Higher Education

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Paris in A Theology of Higher Education

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Berlin in A Theology of Higher Education

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Oxford and Dublin in A Theology of Higher Education

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Contemporary Theological Voices in A Theology of Higher Education

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An Anglican Theology of Learning in A Theology of Higher Education

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The Virtuous University in A Theology of Higher Education

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The Sociable University in A Theology of Higher Education

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The Good University in A Theology of Higher Education

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