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Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education Paperback – December 1, 1994


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664228666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664228668
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education, by Douglas Sloan, analyzes a brief renaissance in American Protestant theology from 1925 to 1960. The best parts of Faith and Knowledge describe how Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Niebuhr, and Paul Tillich gained wide influence in mainstream academia with their groundbreaking new theologies. Sloan's history is written primarily for Christians who want to do faith-based scholarship today, yet this contemporary concern remains appropriately understated for most of the book. As a result, Faith and Knowledge is a valuable contribution to the field of history and to the Christian faith. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sloan concludes that the "faith-knowledge issue" is the most important of the modern age and that "mainline American Protestantism" seems briefly and dimly to have been aware of this. But the conclusion is no more significant than the four overlapping histories by which it is reached: the emergence of the research university; "the Protestant theological renaissance" (1925-60); the engagement of mainline Protestantism with higher education in the U.S. from the beginning of that renaissance until a decade after its end; and the rise of postmodernism. Sloan quotes a state university chancellor who said in 1900 that the religious statistics of his university would lead one to believe that it was "the collegium de propaganda fide for the entire western hemisphere." According to Sloan, the "faith" propagated by the university system is a separation of faith and knowledge not yet adequately addressed by theologians. Most of the book is devoted to making that case, which is important in its own right. But the case and Sloan's reflections will also be of interest to theologians and others seeking "a genuine postmodernism." Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on November 6, 2008
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Far from the complete story. By its own account, the book does not cover how or where the Catholic Church engaged higher education during the 1930's through the 1960's. What is covered, however, is remarkable. From the Christian Scholar to William G. Pollard.
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