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The Idea of a Christian College Paperback – Unabridged, March 1, 1987
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A Christian college "should be an education that cultivates the creative and active integration of faith and learning, of faith and culture."
This book definitely targets professors and administrators working at a Christian college and even graduate students looking to get into the profession. This book is not really targeted for students or their parents, though I am sure some of them could benefit from it.
If you believe in Christian higher education or you want to look into deeper, I think this book is a great intitation. This book is a definite recommend but like most books, it is not perfect. It is more like a launching pad than a comprehensive thesis.
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community, and shows that though a liberal arts education is not geared for vocational training (teaching soon to be outdated technos), it is very valuable in a rapidly changing job market.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
1. Why a Christian College?
2. Theological Foundations
3. The Liberal Arts: What and Why?
4. Liberal Arts as Career Preparation
5. Integrating Faith and Learning
6. Academic Freedom
7. College as Community
8. Experience is not Enough
9. The Marks of an Educated Person
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The chapter on integrating faith and learning was especially good, as was the chapter on academic freedom. Refreshingly lucid thinking and writing: no stale ideas to be found.
The most important quality of this book is it's objectivity. It works through the pros and cons of a Christian or Secular College.
If you are trying to make a decision, this book may help you make an informed decision. A very good read.
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This book was INCREDIBLE. Kinda made me sad when I realized that a Christian education may not look like this in reality. GREAT book regardless...Published 2 months ago by Marla
Considering the incumbancy of a Christian defense of liberal arts colleges presented in the book's title, the author is refreshingly objective throughout allowing for a pleasant... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam Sebastian
interesting read on education...however, it is an academic read.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
I bought this book through here for my class....it was required by the class. The cost and condition of the book was good and was perfect for my class. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by ColoradoJen