The Christian College and the Meaning of Academic Freedom

Truth-Seeking in Community

Authors: Ringenberg, William C.

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The Christian College and the Meaning of Academic Freedom is a study of the past record and current practice of the Protestant colleges in America in the quest to achieve intellectual honesty within academic community.


William C. Ringenberg lays out the history of academic freedom in higher education in America, including its European antecedents, from the perspective of modern Christian higher education. He discusses the Christian values that provide context for the idea of academic freedom and how they have been applied to the nation's Christian colleges and universities. The book also dissects a series of recent case studies on the major controversial intellectual issues within and in, in some cases, about the Christian college community. Ringenberg ably analyzes the ways in which these academic institutions have evolved over time, outlining their efforts to evolve and remain relevant while maintaining their core values and historic identities.

About the authors

William C. Ringenberg is Professor of History emeritus at Taylor University, USA. He is also a past president of the Conference on Faith and History, and an associate research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. His major work is The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America.

Reviews

"This book is timely and badly needed. It is fair, balanced, thoughtful, and discerning. It provides wise counsel to those responsible for the protection of academic freedom in both Christian and secular academies." - Anthony Diekema, President Emeritus, Calvin College (1976-95), USA, and author, Academic Freedom and the Christian College


'This is a well-conceived project by one of the most seasoned scholars to study Christian higher education in the past generation. The book has the added benefit of Ringenberg's clear and felicitous prose, his ability to weave story and ideas into a readable narrative, his sense of balance, fairness, and Christian charity. A very helpful book for anyone interested in academic freedom in the Christian college world.' - Barry Hankins, Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Baylor University, USA



"This book is helpful not just for scholars in Christian colleges but also for those in secular universities. With clear style, lucid histories, and riveting case studies, Ringenberg argues for an understanding of academic freedom that can draw together scholars from different types of institutions when they value intellectual humility and are interested foremost in seeking truth." - Philip Goff, Director, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI, USA



"This is a comprehensive, carefully-researched, and thoughtfully written work. Scholars, policy-makers, faculty and administrators, and all those who want to be more fully informed about this branch of higher education will find this work an absolutely essential part of their library. Some of what you may believe to be true about Christian higher education will certainly be challenged. And that is a good thing." - Ronald Mahurin, Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Stamats Higher Education Consulting, USA


"This book is timely and badly needed. It is fair, balanced, thoughtful, and discerning. It provides wise counsel to those responsible for the protection of academic freedom in both Christian and secular academies." - Anthony Diekema, President Emeritus, Calvin College (1976-95), USA, and author, Academic Freedom and the Christian College


'This is a well-conceived project by one of the most seasoned scholars to study Christian higher education in the past generation. The book has the added benefit of Ringenberg's clear and felicitous prose, his ability to weave story and ideas into a readable narrative, his sense of balance, fairness, and Christian charity. A very helpful book for anyone interested in academic freedom in the Christian college world.' - Barry Hankins, Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Baylor University, USA



"This book is helpful not just for scholars in Christian colleges but also for those in secular universities. With clear style, lucid histories, and riveting case studies, Ringenberg argues for an understanding of academic freedom that can draw together scholars from different types of institutions when they value intellectual humility and are interested foremost in seeking truth." - Philip Goff, Director, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI, USA



"This is a comprehensive, carefully-researched, and thoughtfully written work. Scholars, policy-makers, faculty and administrators, and all those who want to be more fully informed about this branch of higher education will find this work an absolutely essential part of their library. Some of what you may believe to be true about Christian higher education will certainly be challenged. And that is a good thing." - Ronald Mahurin, Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Stamats Higher Education Consulting, USA

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Christian College and the Meaning of Academic Freedom
Book Subtitle
Truth-Seeking in Community
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39833-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137398338
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39832-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 319
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