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Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith [Kindle Edition]

Mathew Guest , Kristin Aune , Sonya Sharma , Rob Warner

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What impact does the experience of university have on Christian students? Are universities a force for secularisation? Is student faith enduring, or a passing phase? Universities are often associated with a sceptical attitude towards religion. Many assume that academic study leads students away from any existing religious convictions, heightening the appeal of a rationalist secularism increasingly dominant in wider society. And yet Christianity remains highly visible on university campuses and continues to be a prominent identity marker in the lives of many students.

Analysing over 4,000 responses to a national survey of students and nearly 100 interviews with students and those working with them, this book examines Christianity in universities across England. It explores the beliefs, values and practices of Christian students. It reveals how the university experience influences their Christian identities, and the influence Christian students have upon university life.

Christianity and the University Experience makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the survival and evolution of religion in the contemporary world. It offers fresh insights relevant to those working with Christian students, including churches, chaplaincies and student organisations, as well as policy-makers and university managers interested in the significance of religion for education, social responsibility and social cohesion.

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“The work is the culmination of a three year project conducted as part of the overall ‘Religion and Society’ program funded by the UK’s Arts Humanities and Economic and Social Research Councils. The authors take a rigorously social-scientific approach, using questionnaires and interviews, to assess how students’ Christian identity both shapes and is shaped by their university experience. Each term in this relation is carefully explored…Overall, the book is fascinating and rewarding, and anyone interested in our universities and the future of English Christianity needs to read it.”-Peter Waddell, Religion and Theology

About the Author

Mathew Guest is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK.
Kristin Aune is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, UK.
Sonya Sharma is Research Associate in Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK.
Rob Warner is Professor of Religion, Culture and Society, and Dean of Humanities at the University of Chester, UK.

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  • File Size: 1857 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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