God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America

God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America

by Naomi Schaefer Riley, Naomi Schaefer
     
 

Religious colleges and universities in America are growing at a breakneck pace. In this startling new book, journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley explores these schools-interviewing administrators, professors, and students-to produce the first popular, accessible, and comprehensive investigation of this phenomenon

Call them the Missionary Generation. By the tens and

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Overview

Religious colleges and universities in America are growing at a breakneck pace. In this startling new book, journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley explores these schools-interviewing administrators, professors, and students-to produce the first popular, accessible, and comprehensive investigation of this phenomenon

Call them the Missionary Generation. By the tens and hundreds of thousands, some of America's brightest and most dedicated teenagers are opting for a different kind of college education. It promises all the rigor of traditional liberal arts schools, but mixed with religious instruction from the Good Book and a mandate from above.

Far removed from the medieval cloisters outsiders imagine, schools like Wheaton, Thomas Aquinas, and Brigham Young are churning out a new generation of smart, worldly, and ethical young professionals whose influence in business, medicine, law, journalism, academia, and government is only beginning to be felt.

In God On The Quad, Riley takes readers to the halls of Brigham Young, where surprisingly with-it young Mormons compete in a raucous marriage market and prepare for careers in public service. To the infamous Bob Jones, post interracial dating ban, where zealous fundamentalists are studying fine art and great literature to help them assimilate into the nation's cultural centers. To Thomas Aquinas College, where graduates homeschool large families and hope to return the American Catholic Church to its former glory. To Yeshiva, Wheaton, Notre Dame, and more than a dozen other schools, big and small, rich and poor, new and old, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Mormon, and even Buddhist, all training grounds for the new Missionary Generation.

With a critical yet sympathetic eye, Riley, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Weekly Standard, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, studies these campuses and the debates that shape them. In a post-9/11 world where the division between secular and religious has never been sharper, what distinguishes these colleges from their secular counterparts? What does the missionary generation think about political activism, feminism, academic freedom, dating, race relations, homosexuality, and religious tolerance-and what effect will these young men and women have on the United States and the world?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312330453
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/06/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.94(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1An oasis in the desert : the appeal of Brigham Young University15
2The new fundamentals : the Bob Jones strategy for converting New York city33
3Beyond the fighting Irish : Notre Dame's race question53
4"There are no doubters here" : the orthodoxy of Thomas Aquinas College71
5The Hatfields and the McCoys : a divided yeshiva95
6An integrated whole : Baylor's vision for the future115
7What revolution? : how feminism changed religious colleges while they weren't looking135
8Bridging the race gap : can faith solve the "lunch table problem"?151
9Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll : how student life is different at religious colleges169
10The underdog : how members of minority religious groups are treated on campus191
11The classroom as chapel : can the integration of faith and learning work?211
12Where are the protests? : political activism at religious colleges237

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