Passionate Intellect, The: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education

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Overview

Too often Christian college students feel they must either downplay their faith or stick to a small circle of like-minded friends and organizations. Somewhere along the way assumptions have taken root that intellectual university life and Christian faith cannot be synthesized.

Klassen and Zimmermann assert that much is at stake for the young university student. A worldview takes a lasting shape and faith is usually discovered, deepened, or discarded during a collegiate journey. This new work is designed to give students, parents, and other interested readers a guide to the intellectual culture of the modern university and its contribution to society, helping them to realize the power of the university's influence and discover how to connect Christian belief to cutting-edge thinking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027345
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Klassen (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is associate professor of English at St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Chaucer on Love, Knowledge, and Sight.

Jens Zimmermann (Ph.D., University of British Columbia) is professor of English and modern languages and Canadian Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He is the author of Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation.

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Table of Contents

1 Can Christians think? 29
2 A holistic beginning : medieval humanism 47
3 Letter and spirit : literary humanism 61
4 Secular scientific humanism 71
5 Dare to think! Enlightenment humanism and dualism 85
6 The birth of the humanities : Giambattista Vico's critique of the enlightenment 99
7 Non-Christian criticism of enlightenment humanism 107
8 Postmodern humanism 123
9 Postmodern antihumanism and the university 135
10 Incarnational humanism 147
11 Incarnational humanism and common grace 167
12 Conclusion 185
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