Engaging the Culture, Changing the World and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.00
  • Save: $2.05 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Engaging the Culture, Cha... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: No markings in text. Nice copy! Eligible for FREE Super Saver or Prime shipping, direct from Amazon. Tracking is included on every order and a no hassle return policy means your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World Paperback – June 27, 2011


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.95
$1.68 $0.01

Featured Higher Education Books
Browse books about institutional innovation, intercollegiate athletics, leadership, and more. Learn more
$15.95 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World + Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: Training Leaders for a Church-Planting Movement: A Case from India + Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Learning and Teaching
Price for all three: $41.17

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"I would recommend this text for those who are members of Christian universities. It is good to be reminded why Christian institutions have a unique and valuable place in society. Eaton does this well. . . . I enjoyed reading this book as Eaton took me for a metaphorical walk through the halls of the Christian university." (Adam Paape, Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Spring 2012)

"Every Christian educator, pastor, and parent of a high school student needs to read this book, especially if they care about transforming lives." (G. Robert Cook Jr., Enrichment, Spring 2012)

"Engaging the Culture, Changing the World should be required reading for leaders in the fields of Christian higher education and theology." (Roger E. Hedlund, Dharma Deepika, July-December 2011)

"'The kingdom of God,' Jesus told his disciples, 'is advancing forcefully, and forceful men lay hold of it.' Two thousand years later, we, as Christians, are ambassadors for this same kingdom--facing confrontation with our post-Christian society. Yet we too are called to advance; we too are called to challenge; we too are called to 'take every thought captive to obey Christ.' This, and nothing less, is the very task Christ has given us to do. Phil Eaton's idea that a university might just change the world is right, and his important ideas provide us with many of the tools we will need to succeed." (Rich Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)

"With keen insight from years of thoughtful reflection on the topic, Phil Eaton provides an extraordinarily powerful description of our culture torn from its roots by a cacophony of voices that have us in a sea of bewilderment. Globally, cultures have lost their way, tangled in a complex maze of disbelief, with shattered cultural mainstays strewn all about and a broken compass that can't discern a true direction. With great energy and passion Eaton challenges Christian higher education to excel with a winsome engagement of cultures with our truth claims of Scripture, to be in the world expressing love to the world but not of the world, and using appropriate language the world will understand to build trust and convey the good news, joy and hope of the gospel. This book is an absolute must-read for leaders in Christian higher education who are serious about transforming lives to impact the world for Christ and his kingdom!" (Paul R. Corts, president, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities)

"President Eaton sharpens the question and our response to an amorphous enemy--a culture detaching itself from its historical moorings in truth and in a God who cares. He prescribes a role for hope-filled universities to winsomely engage this culture and transform it. Yet his important message is not just for university presidents and parents preparing to write tuition checks, but for all of us who care about the society we will hand down to our grandchildren." (Barry Rowan, EVP, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, Vonage Corporation)

"Phil Eaton is a gifted and visionary leader in the world of Christian liberal arts education. This fine book is packed with wisdom that can inform and inspire all of us who care about equipping a new generation of kingdom agents for the difficult--but exciting!--challenges of our increasingly complex world." (Richard Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Uncommon Decency)

"Philip Eaton argues passionately that the Christian university must be reconceived, at a time when contemporary culture doubts the Christian story. He calls upon the Christian university to engage the very culture that has 'exiled' it. Now, he declares, is the moment to tell again the transforming story of the gospel, and to speak to the world a language of 'healing, wholeness and reconciliation.' The central mission of Eaton's Christian university is to equip its students with the necessary critical skills and competencies, and thus to prepare them to build a model of 'human flourishing, which will make the world a better place.' It is a compelling vision." (David Warren, president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)

"For millennia, all major cultures--including Chinese, Greek, Roman and Jewish--prized both knowledge and character. Only in our time has higher education separated the two. Phil Eaton prophetically casts a Christ-centered vision of the university that enfolds faith and function, virtue and vocation, competence and character. This is a call we must heed." (Alec Hill, president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA)

"Brace for a bold vision: Our generation may be adrift, this president says, but twenty-first-century Christian institutions of higher learning can be splendid beacons of the light our world so desperately needs--if only they have the courage and conviction to do so. This is Phil Eaton at his winsome best." (Duane Litfin, president emeritus, Wheaton College)

"Philip Eaton's robust and reasoned faith in the power of Christian truth to build a world capable of fostering genuine human flourishing is at the heart of this important proposal for the renewal of Christian higher education. In a culture like our own, unsure of its grasp on the truth of anything, Eaton's portrait of the university as a truth-discovering, truth-offering institution is bracing, brave and absolutely necessary. It just might change the world." (George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center)

"Engaging the Culture, Changing the World offers a radiant, joyful and hopeful vision for the work of Christian higher education. I am confident that this marvelously-written resource will greatly influence the next generation of Christian educators. Attractively and engagingly presented, Phil Eaton's impressive volume will certainly find a warm welcome among Christian leaders, faculty and students alike." (David S. Dockery, president, Union University)

"Eaton has offered an eloquent vision for a Christian university." (Justus D. Doenecke, Anglican and Episcopal History, 2014)

About the Author

Philip W. Eaton (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is president of Seattle Pacific University. He spent years in the classroom as a professor of literature, sojourned in business for a time and returned to Christian higher education in leadership. He is a writer and speaker, is active in his city and has served on many boards--among them the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Christian College Consortium.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839292
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The unbeliever's worldview provides no real order; it cannot communicate ultimate meaning, and it cannot account for human rationality conjoined with fixed morality. The Christian worldview provides consistent order and absolutes from the ultimate God. Other worldviews, if they remain within the parameters that their foundation supplies, will be perpetually non-ultimate, because they cannot supply the necessary truth conditions for moral absolutes, purpose, and order guaranteed by providence. Many skeptics and some postmodernists aim to live a life of order and reason; they have sightless faith and believe in the impossible. It is contrary to intuition and seems impossible for order to come from chaos. And Phil Eaton in "Engaging the Culture, Changing the World" offers, with fine insight, a clear and persuasive description of Western culture that has been pulled from its foundation by non-Christian sources without ultimate direction. This has led to many misunderstandings and difficulties that people, today, face on a daily basis. With ardent conviction and patient care Eaton admonishes and encourages Christian universities to pursue excellence by employing the attractiveness of the Christian Worldview (CWV). Christians should seek to declare the marvelous truth of God to win nonbelievers to Christ while influencing culture.

Worldview: An overall perspective of life. One sees and defines the world through a basic grid of presuppositions, a worldview. It is the rational network used to evaluate reality.

Those who deny God shut their eyes to God's revelation that is all around them. They cannot kick a can without experiencing God revealing Himself in the beauty and structure of our world, so they wake up every day and believe dozens of impossible things before breakfast.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"We must propose and model an alternative way of living and learning, standing out on the leading edge of culture, showing the way toward something profoundly more."

The Christian university should not just be a school with chapels and Bible classes, it should provide incredibly more. In a culture that is pluralistic and post-Christian, secular universities have put huge questions marks by anything or anyone that proclaims truth. Colleges and universities once went after the heart and mind of a student, but today they attack the mind and abandon the heart.

Dr. Eaton, president of the Seattle Pacific University, calls for a university that challenges the mind and heart and the soul. Universities need to offer an overarching story and provide a map that directs our lives. They should be character-builders as well as centers of knowledge.

I think Dr. Eaton does a splendid job describing the challenges of the Christian university in our modern post-Christian culture. I am always a bit cautious when a Christian scholar starts asserting that all the problems of our culture can be solved if Christians were put back in charge. It is a bit foolish to say that our nation would be better if we held political, economic, or educational power in this country. In my opinion, we Christians do much better with change from the bottom up rather than the top down.

So what should we do? Should we attack the secular schools with all our resources in hopes that religion and theology can once again be integrated in America's universities? No. Christian universities have a far different and far superior goal in mind that their secular counterpart. Our goal is to make Christian universities the guiding light of higher education. Our faculty, staff, and students should be different. If we become the leading edge of higher education, we can create some real change in our world.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World is Eaton's proposal for what a Christian university should be in the early twenty-first century. Relying heavily upon the work of sociologist James Davison Hunter, especially his recent book (2010) To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, he argues that Christian universities should be "faithful presences within culture" rather than ivory towers separated from culture for purely academic pursuits. Instead of the hermeneutic of suspicion and postmodern preoccupation with experiential neutrality prevalent in secular universities, he proposes that Christian universities center themselves within the Christian metanarrative as a means of "affirming the way of Christ" while remaining open to engaging other faiths (p.95). Christian universities must endeavor to capture the power of biblical imagination and model genuine community for the benefit of their students and the world. In short, Eaton argues that the Christian university is an alternative university model that is uniquely positioned to change the world.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
When I picked up this book my illusions were negative. However, I was mistaken. Eaton makes a strong case for the place, purpose, and renewal of Christian Universities. The whole idea seemed like a pipe dream until the author convinced me of the terrible treatment our college kids are (not) getting.

I see modern culture being foisted on my children and grand children and they witlessly succumb to it's empty promises. They are being robbed of the most enduring force for joy. If secularism is really the best way to live, it will be lived without this force-which is HOPE!

Eaton's book is very readable, interesting and timely as he calls on a host of other great thinkers from the past. He has successfully provided a thoughtful guide and challenge to all christian university faculties. This book is delightful (and hope filled) reading and one of my 'hopes' is that well intended collegians and faculty will at least consider his arguments for renewal and energetic action. JM
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World
This item: Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World
Price: $15.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com