This book is a must for every Christian college professor. Against the current practices of Christian colleges in publicizing the social and extracurricular benefits of a Christian college, training Christians for Christian or church vocations, offering Bible classes in conjunction with a normal secular curriculum, Holmes argues that the purpose of a Christian college is to educate Christianly. He outlines the Christian world view and then demonstrates how this fits into a Christian liberal arts education.
Holmes has revised several chapters, has eliminated one-gender language (substituted "she" for "he" in most places), and has included two new chapters, one on career preparation and one on the marks of an educated person, in the new edition of his classic The Idea of a Christian College.
As a philosopher, he shows his preference for philosophy as the queen of sciences, rather than physiology, sociology, psychology, and so forth. His chapter on the integration of faith and learning is probably the best. We educate Christianly by teaching and demonstrating Christian attitudes, Christian ethics, Christian foundations in theology, history and philosophy, a Christian world view. He shows how experience must be integrated with the academic portions of the educational program, discusses aspects of the college community, and shows that though a liberal arts education is not geared for vocational training (teaching soon to be outdated technos), it is very valuable in a rapidly changing job market.
-- Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 1988, 7 (1), 78-81