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The Future of Baptist Higher Education

Edited by Donald D. Schmeltekopf and Dianna M. Vitanza

The Future of Baptist Higher Education
Paperback, 280 pages $34.95
Published: 30th November 2006
ISBN: 9781932792270
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Higher Education, All Religious Studies

The Future of Baptist Higher Education investigates four key issues that inform Baptist efforts at higher education — the denominational conflict that has afflicted Baptists since the 1980s, the secularization of higher education in America, the dominance of the market-driven tendencies in American higher education today, and the meaning of Christian higher education, but more specifically, the meaning of Baptist higher education. This volume clearly illustrates that the meaning of Baptist and Christian higher education, as with the Christian life itself, is far more complex than any one imperial interpretation.



1. Baptist Identity and Christian Higher Education, Donald D. Schmeltekopf and Dianna M. Vitanza

Part One: Four Models for Baptist Higher Education

2. Integrating Faith and Learning in an Ecumenical Context, David P. Gushee

3. Building on a Shared Identity within a Shared History, William E. Hull

4. Fostering Dissent in the Postmodern Academy, Bill J. Leonard

5. Blending Baptist with Orthodox in the Christian University, David S. Dockery

Part Two: Faculty and Students and Baptist Higher Education

6. Who Will Our Students Be in a Postmodern, Postdenominational, and Materialistic Age? Richard Franklin

7. Religious Identity, Academic Reputation, and Attracting the Best Faculty and Students, Larry Lyon

Part Three: Baptist Higher Education and Its Constituencies

8. Is Higher Education a Justifi able Mission of Baptist Churches and Baptist Bodies? James C. Denison

9. Can Baptist Institutions of Higher Education Meet the Needs of Increasingly Diverse Constituencies? Albert Reyes

10. Can Baptist Institutions of Higher Education Meet the Needs of Youth in a Post-9/11 World? Denton Lotz

11. To Whom Are Baptist Colleges and Universities Accountable?

--Response 1: Daniel Vestal

--Response 2: R. Kirby Godsey

12. The University, the Church, and the Culture, Thomas E. Corts

Part Four: Conclusion

13. The Future of Baptist Higher Education: Secular or Religious? Martin E. Marty

14. Can the Secular Be Sanctified? Curtis W. Freeman



The Future of Baptist Higher Education is an excellent collection of papers delivered at a national colloquium held at Baylor University that highlights the superb diversity of thought that exists within the Baptist higher education ranks. The book makes a contribution to the question, how shall Baptist colleges and universities preserve their heritage while providing leadership within the academy.

—Bob R. Agee, Executive Director, Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools

Donald D. Schmeltekopf (Ph.D. Drew University) is Provost Emeritus and Hazel and Harry Chavanne Professor of Christian Ethics in Business at Baylor University.

Dianna M. Vitanza (Ph.D. Northern Illinois University) is Associate Professor of English at Baylor University.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 280 pages
 9in x 6in

  EDU015000, REL026000
 Baylor University Press

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