Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition Edited by David S. Dockery, Christopher W. Morgan


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Our world is growing increasingly complex and confused—a unique and urgent context that calls for a grounded and fresh approach to Christian higher education.

Christian higher education involves a distinctive way of thinking about teaching, learning, scholarship, curriculum, student life, administration, and governance that is rooted in the historic Christian faith.

In this volume, twenty-nine experts from a variety of fields, including theology, the humanities, science, mathematics, social science, philosophy, the arts, and professional programs, explore how the foundational beliefs of Christianity influence higher education and its disciplines. Aimed at equipping the next generation to better engage the shifting cultural context, this book calls students, professors, trustees, administrators, and church leaders to a renewed commitment to the distinctive work of Christian higher education—for the good of the society, the good of the church, and the glory of God.

Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 576


David S. Dockery

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the chancellor of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following five years as president. He is a much-sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Christopher W. Morgan

Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of theology and the dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including several volumes in the Theology in Community series.

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Theological Shape of Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition

1. Christian Higher Education: An Introduction (David S. Dockery)

2.  Knowing And Loving God: Toward A Theology of Christian Higher Education (Nathan A. Finn)

3. The Authority of Holy Scripture: Commitments for Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition (John D. Woodbridge) 

4. The Study of Holy Scripture and the Work of Christian Higher Education (George H. Guthrie) 

5. Made in the Image of God: Implications for Teaching and Learning (John F. Kilner) 

6.  Foundations of Christian Higher Education: Learning from Church History (Bradley J. Gundlach)

Part 2: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

7. The Christian Worldview for Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Christopher W. Morgan)  

8. Faith and Teaching (Donald C. Guthrie)

9. Faith and Learning (Laurie R. Matthias) 

10. The Importance of Research for Teaching and Learning (David W. Pao and Chrystal L. Ho Pao)

11. Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (Gene C. Fant Jr.) 

12. Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (Glenn A. Marsch) 

13. Teaching and Learning in Mathematics (Paul R. Bialek) 

14. Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences (Eric L. Johnson and Russell D. Kosits)

15. Teaching and Learning in Philosophy (Chris L. Firestone) 

16. Teaching and Learning in Music and the Arts (Don P. Hedges) 

17. Teaching and Learning in Education (Karen A. Wrobbel) 

18. Teaching and Learning in Adult and Professional Programs (Timothy L. Smith)

Part 3: Faith, Teaching, and Learning: Applications and Implications for the Campus, the Church, the Marketplace, and the World

19. Faith, Learning, and Catechesis (S. Steve Kang) 

20. Faith, Learning, Worship, and Service (Taylor B. Worley)  

21. Faith, Learning, and Living (Felix Theonugraha) 

22. Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (Katherine M. Jeffery) 

23. Faith, Learning, and the World (Greg Forster) 

24. Faith, Ethics, and Culture (Micah J. Watson) 

25. Faith, Teaching, and Learning in Service to the Church (Thomas H. L. Cornman) 

26. The Importance of Intercultural and International Approaches in Christian Higher Education (Peter T. Cha)

27. Missions, the Global Church, and Christian Higher Education (Bruce Riley Ashford)

General Index
Scripture Index

Christian Higher Education, skillfully edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a work both magisterial and invitational, welcoming the reader into a deeper understanding of the history, need, nature, and purposes of Christian higher education and the implications for the student and broader society. It will serve as a great encouragement and guide for all those interested in the holistic formation of a new generation.”
Cherie Harder, President, The Trinity Forum

“In passion, vision, and lifelong commitment to bring theologically sound, biblically faithful, and culturally relevant thinking to bear on Christian education, David Dockery has few peers. In this volume, Dockery, Chris Morgan, and colleagues sound a clarion call to those who serve in Christian higher education by inviting them afresh to understand and fulfill their mission as the theologically informed, Christ-centered, worldview-transforming academic arm of the church.”
J. Randall O'Brien, President, Carson-Newman University

“This wonderful collection of essays, edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a superb exploration of both the theological roots and implications of Christian higher education within the evangelical tradition. Unusual in breadth and scope, it provides helpful insight for the new adventurer as well as the serious and seasoned scholar. A gift indeed at such a time as this!”
Stan D. Gaede, President, Christian College Consortium; Scholar in Residence, Gordon College