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Professing in the Postmodern Academy
Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges

Edited by Stephen R. Haynes

Professing in the Postmodern Academy
Paperback, 377 pages $34.95
Published: 11th July 2002
ISBN: 9781932792447

Subjects: All Higher Education, All Religious Studies, All Theology

Professing in the Postmodern Academy examines the landscape of religiously affiliated higher education in America from the perspective of faculty members critically committed to the future of church-related institutions. The book includes articles on a variety of topics from members of the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of Church-Related College, a project that has involved ninety church-related institutions since 1996.

Part One: Introduction
A Review of Research on Church-Related Higher Education
Stephen R. Haynes

Part Two: Postmodern Opportunity
The Habit of Empathy: Postmodernity and the Future of the Church-Related College
Paul Lakeland

Prolegomena to Any Postmodern Hope for the Church-Related College
Margaret Falls-Corbitt

A Sense of Place and the Place of Sense
William J. Cahoy

Part Three: Academic Vocation
Conversation and Authority: A Tension in the Inheritance of the Church-Related College
Richard Kyte

Beyond the Faith-Knowledge Dichotomy: Teaching As Vocation
Elizabeth Newman

The Erotic Imagination and the Catholic Academy
John Neary

Part Four: Pedagogy and Praxis
"Academic" vs. "Confessional" Study of the Bible in the Postmodern Classroom: A Response to Philip Davies and David Clines
Julia M. O'Brien

Teaching the Conflicts, For the Bible Tells Me So
Timothy K. Beal

A Pedagogy of Eucharistic Accompaniment
Dominic P. Scibilia

Part Five: Mission and Curriculum
One-Armed Embrace of Postmodernity: International Education and Church-Related Colleges
Keith Graber Miller

Religion and the Curriculum at Church-Related Colleges
Marcia Bunge

From the Ties that Bind to Way-Stations: The Dynamics of Religious Commitment among Students and Their Families
D. Jonathan Grieser and Corrie E. Norman

A Typology of Church-Related Colleges and Universities
Stephen R. Haynes


"...introduces the reader to the wide range of literature on church-related education that has emerged over the past fifty years. Steve Haynes's 'Introduction' alone is worth the price of the book."

–Teaching Theology and Religion

"This is a volume that faculty at church-related colleges should read and discuss."

Religious Studies Review

"Professing in the Postmodern Academy is an informative, thoughtful, question-raising study which is highly recommended reading—especially for all who attend or contribute to a religious college."

Library Bookwatch

"Despite fears from some quarters, the end of the Enlightenment objectivity need not lead to relativism. Instead, as Professing in the Postmodern Academy so ably shows, it can result in an appreciation for the limitations of any single human perspective and a renewed appreciation for the Church."

Perspectives in Religious Studies

Stephen R. Haynes is Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis and Theologian-in-Residence at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation (Oxford, 2012).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 377 pages

  EDU015000, REL026000
 Baylor University Press

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