The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education
Pietism has long been ignored in evangelical scholarship. This is especially the case in the field of Christian higher education, which is dominated by thinkers in the Reformed tradition and complicated by the association of Pietism with anti-intellectualism. The irony...
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Pietism has long been ignored in evangelical scholarship. This is especially the case in the field of Christian higher education, which is dominated by thinkers in the Reformed tradition and complicated by the association of Pietism with anti-intellectualism. The irony is that Pietism from the beginning "was intimately bound up with education," according to Diarmaid MacCulloch. But until now there has not been a single work dedicated to exploring a distinctively Pietist vision for higher education.In this groundbreaking volume edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. Key themes include holistic formation, humility and openmindedness, the love of neighbor, concern for the common good and spiritual maturity. Pietism sees the Christian college as a place that forms whole and holy persons. In a pluralistic and polarized society, such a vision is needed now more than ever.
Christopher Gehrz (PhD, Yale) is professor of history and chair of the history department at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also helps coordinate the Christianity and Western Culture program and contributes to the program's podcast. He is the coeditor of The Pietist Impulse in Christianity.
- Pietism Has Long Been Ignored In Evangelical Scholarship. This Is Especially The Case In The Field Of Christian Higher Education, Which Is Dominated By Thinkers In The Reformed Tradition And Complicated By The Association Of Pietism With Anti-intellectualism. The Irony Is That Pietism From The Beginning "was Intimately Bound Up With Education," According To Diarmaid Macculloch. But Until Now There Has Not Been A Single Work Dedicated To Exploring A Distinctively Pietist Vision For Higher Education.in This Groundbreaking Volume Edited By Christopher Gehrz, Scholars Associated With The Pietist Tradition Reflect On The Pietist Approach To Education. Key Themes Include Holistic Formation, Humility And Openmindedness, The Love Of Neighbor, Concern For The Common Good And Spiritual Maturity. Pietism Sees The Christian College As A Place That Forms Whole And Holy Persons. In A Pluralistic And Polarized Society, Such A Vision Is Needed Now More Than Ever.
- Acknowledgmentschristopher Gehrz
- Introduction: Does Pietism Provide A "usable Past" For Christian Colleges And Universities?christopher Gehrz
- <strong>part I: Teaching, Scholarship And Community In The Pietist University</strong>
- 1. Pietism And Faith-learning Integration In The Evangelical Universitydavid C. Williams2. Calling For Pietistic Community: Pia Desideria In The Classroomkatherine J. Nevins3. Love And Learning: A Model For Pietist Scholarship In The Disciplinesjenell Paris4. The Quest For An Evangelical University: The Educational Visions Of Carl F. H. Henry And Carl H. Lundquistphyllis E. Alsdurf5. Reconceiving The Christ-centered College: Convertive Piety And Life Togetherroger E. Olson
- <strong>part Ii: Changed People Changing The World: Pietists And Their Neighbors’ Good</strong>
- 6. The Common Priesthood Seeking The Common Gooddale G. Durie7. Pietism And The Practice Of Civil Discoursechristian T. Collins Winn8. Love My (religious) Neighbor: A Pietist Approach To Christian Responsibility In A Pluralistic Worldmarion H. Larson And Sara L. H. Shady
- <strong>part Iii: Responses: Views From The Natural And Health Sciences</strong>
- 9. Pietistic Values In Science And Science Educationrichard W. Peterson10. A Pietist Approach To Nursing Education In A Christian Universitynancy L. Olen
- <strong>part Iv: Problems And Proposals: Putting The Pietist Vision Into Practice</strong>
- 11. Intellectual Virtue And The Adventurous Christ Followerraymond J. Vanarragon12. The Pietist Ethos And Organizational Coherencyjoel S. Ward13. Curating The Usable Past For A Vital Future: An Anabaptist Vision For Pietismkent T. K. Gerber14. Neoliberal Challenges To The Pietist Vision Of Christian Higher Educationsamuel Zalanga
- Conclusion"their Mission Is Innovation": The Pietist University In The Twenty-first Centurychristopher Gehrzlist Of Contributorsauthor Indexsubject Index