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God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation are Changing America Paperback – March 3, 2006
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"God on the Quad" starts with a rather strange introduction which speaks of "red states" and "blue states" and makes a large number of generalizations about liberals and conservatives that may anger some people. After reading the entire book I could not really determine how the introduction frames (or even relates to) the rest of the book. If you, as a reader, feel that you get offended by political commentary then I recommend you skip the introduction. Starting at chapter 1 the book is worthwhile.
The book starts with a few case studies from various religious colleges: Brigham Young University, Bob Jones University, Notre Dame, St. Thomas Aquinas, Baylor, and a few others. Obviously the faiths of the schools and degree of fundamentalism range from each institution to the next. After the case studies, Riley follows a few themes such as "sex, drugs, and rock and roll," minorities and diversity, and political activism at religious institutions.
The problem I have is that Riley does not hide her biases towards various schools. For example, she writes with a negative voice when writing about Bob Jones University. I truly felt like there was nothing good about Bob Jones University, according to Riley. One reason for this may be because of the way she was treated on the different campuses. I do believe that her research would have been presented better if the biased voice had been removed and equal comparisons had been made.Read more ›
Among the schools she analyzes, Baylor seems to come off best. Interestingly, Baylor is the only subject school in which the administration is attempting a return to religious values that were compromised during the sixties and ensuing decades. The other schools discussed in the book are either still loosening up or have stood firm. Perhaps as a consequence, there is more of a discernible struggle at Baylor to make a place for cultural renewal; yet the code of conduct there appears to be advisory rather than compulsory, and I gather that Mrs. Riley approves.Read more ›
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The theme of modern college life is experimentation, rebellion, drunkenness, and other sewing other wild oats. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Reid Mccormick
I greatly liked that Ms. Riley went after some of the more salient questions for religious colleges today, such as attitudes towards feminism, acceptance of gay or lesbian... Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by Kirk C. Baker
You will understand what Riley means by her subtitle. The schools the author reviews run the gamut from ultra-crazy (Bob Jones University), to institutions that aren't much... Read morePublished on June 13, 2008 by PDC
Looking forward to a sequel,focusing on how the graduates
of these colleges fared in the "real world" after leaving the
Quad. Read more