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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 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.