higher education


Global Christianity & American religious history

Take & Read

Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance, edited by Joel Carpen­ter, Perry L. Glanzer, and Nicholas S. Lantinga. Even where their overall numbers in a society are tiny, Christians often establish their presence and status through the excellence of their schools and colleges.


Founding the Fathers, by Elizabeth A. Clark

In this deeply researched and illuminating monograph, Elizabeth Clark examines the development of early church history as an academic field in the U.S.


Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship, by Anthony J. Diekema

Anyone who has been on a faculty search committee knows how hard it is to evaluate candidates. You need to look not only at their intellectual credentials and professional competence but also at how they would fit into the institution. But institutional ethos is usually only vaguely defined and talking about personality issues can be awkward.


The Next Religious Establishment, by Eldon J. Eisenach

Is the United States still "a nation with the soul of a church," as Sidney Mead once insisted? Are we still united by what Robert Bellah identified as a "civil religion"?


A challenge for academia

American Christians are changing. By most measures, they are becoming ethnically more diverse, with double-digit increases in the percentage of Christians who are Hispanic or Asian in the U.S. over the past 20 years.