The Passionate Intellect
Too often Christian college students feel they must either downplay their faith or stick to a small circle of like-minded friends and organizations. Somewhere along the way assumptions have taken root that intellectual university life and Christian faith cannot be...
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Too often Christian college students feel they must either downplay their faith or stick to a small circle of like-minded friends and organizations. Somewhere along the way assumptions have taken root that intellectual university life and Christian faith cannot be synthesized. Klassen and Zimmermann assert that much is at stake for the young university student. A worldview takes a lasting shape and faith is usually discovered, deepened, or discarded during a collegiate journey. This new work is designed to give students, parents, and other interested readers a guide to the intellectual culture of the modern university and its contribution to society, helping them to realize the power of the university's influence and discover how to connect Christian belief to cutting-edge thinking.
"In the increasingly secular atmosphere of contemporary university life, Klassen and Zimmermann's The Passionate Intellect provides an excellent practical guide for those Christian students (and scholars generally) committed to an integration of faith and the intellectual life. Providing concrete directions through the increasingly labyrinthine corridors of academic ideologies, the book offers useful insights into the long tradition of Christian humanism, its defense of full human dignity, the goodness of creation and personal endeavors within that creation, and the joy of learning and critical analysis, 'embraced in humility and trust'--the crown of incarnational humanism and common grace."--Peter C. Erb, visiting professor of Catholic Studies, Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of Prince Edward Island"This is a welcome addition to recent Christian writing on higher education. While addressed primarily to the prospective student, teachers and administrators too should benefit from its discussion of Christian humanism and humanist education in a postmodern world."--Arthur F. Holmes, emeritus professor of philosophy, Wheaton College "Regarding the challenge of Christian involvement in higher education, this book gets right at the heart of the matter--what does Christianity contribute to the life of the mind? And it does so with great erudition and aplomb. A very helpful contribution to the burgeoning literature on Christianity and the university."--Robert Benne, author, Quality with Soul--How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions; and director, Roanoke College Center for Religion and Society"How do young Christian students prepare themselves for the hard and rewarding work of developing their intellect? What does it mean to be a faithful thinker in an age of doubt, fear, and intellectual isolation? Klassen and Zimmermann provide a rich introduction to the nature and history of Christian thought, how the church has responded to the intellectual weltanschauung of its day, and make a compelling case for a vibrant, thoroughly biblical engagement with the predominant postmodern worldviews of the twenty-first century. The authors argue convincingly that Christians need to think--with humility, conviction, and an understanding that God's common grace extends to the world of ideas. Christian students and faculty will find this book an immense resource in their collective task of 'taking every thought captive' to Christ."--Ronald P. Mahurin, vice president, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Norman Klassen (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is associate professor of English at St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Chaucer on Love, Knowledge, and Sight. Jens Zimmermann (Ph.D., University of British Columbia) is associate professor of English and Canadian Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He is the author of Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation.
Jens Zimmermann emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1988 to begin his studies at the University of British Columbia. Since 1998, after graduating with a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UBC, he has taught at Trinity Western University where he is now a associate professor of German and English, and works in the Religion, Culture, and Ethics graduate program. Among Zimmermann's publications is his recent book, Recovering Theological Hermeneutics (Baker Academic, 2004) and Passionate Intellect, The: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (Baker Academic, 2006).Dr Zimmermann has just been awarded five year research chair.