The Idea of a Christian College

This revised edition of a classic text provides a concise case for the role of the Christian college and its distinctive mission and contribution Holmes has extensively revised several chapters and included two new chapters Liberal Arts as Career Preparation and The Marks of an Educated Person.
The Idea of a Christian College This revised edition of a classic text provides a concise case for the role of the Christian college and its distinctive mission and contribution Holmes has extensively revised several chapters and in

  • Title: The Idea of a Christian College
  • Author: Arthur F. Holmes
  • ISBN: 9780802802583
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Idea of a Christian College”

    1. If you are looking for a book that infuses the idea of what Christian thought/living and scholarship should look like, look no further. This defining piece of work will stretch, challenge, and change the way the Christian scholar had previously gone about their business. At only 104 pages, it is a slim book. However, that is not to say that it is light. This is a heavy read that requires reflection, introspection, and foresight for one's own scholarly journey. Some of the main themes explored ar [...]

    2. This is a very helpful book in thinking through Christian education and its purpose. The chapter on academic freedom was worth the price of the book itself.

    3. I’m still not convinced there is such a thing as “Christian scholarship.” A weak version of the definition of such a thing might be that it is simply the recognition that all scholars carry presuppositions and assumptions into their work. The Christian’s will be Christian and should have the same bearing as a materialist’s, as long as such presuppositions are acknowledged. A stronger version of the definition of Christian scholarship would be that because all truth is God’s truth, al [...]

    4. Most of the chapters are great. The first four are home runs. You can read the final, six-page chapter by itself for a concentrated shot of Holmes' exciting vision of a good education.

    5. This is a book from a clearly conservative perspective. The author sees college in its primary educational role and does not much address the social or personal maturation role of college. This is ok, because it seems to me that most of what a college should do is developt the education and not the social or emotional person, though these cannot be neglected. The author knows he is writing for a limited audience, but he does not kowtow to the prejudices of that readership. He, for example, stron [...]

    6. Interesting read. Holmes makes some helpful points. I wish I had read this before I had begun my liberal arts education. “The educated Christian should approach life as a reformer, not just standing around wringing her hands in dismay, nor marching out in disgust to set up a separate Christian enclave, but working within the structure of things to change it for the better. She has learned that justice and compassion, the makings of social righteousness, belong in the work place where she stand [...]

    7. A classic book on how Christian education ought to be. Holmes does a great job balancing philosophy with application. This book is a must read for both students who attend a Christian College and the professors who teach them. CB

    8. A really helpful book for understanding the purpose of the Christian liberal arts education. Not a super-enjoyable read, though. A little dry. I took issue with a few of his claims, which came across as too absolute or elitist Or maybe just western-centric.

    9. Great argument for what a Christian college should be--why it exists, why it is necessary, how it should relate to things like academic freedom.

    10. I had to read this my Freshman year at UMHB. I didn't necessarily agree with everything in it, and it seemed to slant history toward backing its arguments. That's all I remember about it, though.

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