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"A brief, highly readable survey of the de-Christianization of the American academy that should attract a wide readership among historians of education, science, and religion."--Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin

"The issues of religion in public life and the role of religion in colleges are receiving a lot of attention today. This book makes a significant contribution to those discussions."--Wayne Proudfoot, Columbia University

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Editorial Reviews

America
A handy historical overview of an issue that cannot be dismissed as "academic," because it is just too important for understanding who we are and where we are going.
— Peter Heinegg
History of Education Quarterly
The Sacred and the Secular University is a balanced and well-reasoned contribution to one of the major themes of American higher education. Full of drama, characters, and plot . . . [it] provides insights into what may be the defining movement within American higher education history.
— J. Gregory Behle
American Historical Review
This is a masterful study. In a mere 122 pages of text, it gets to the heart of the secularizing impulse in higher education. This is intellectual history at its finest, written in engaging, accessible . . . and witty prose about matters that are central to intellectual life. For those of us who live in the academy, this is our history. It should be required reading.
— Joel A. Carpenter
Religious Studies Review
This concise, well-argued book offers an important glimpse into the historical production of knowledge and the changing place of religion in the university.
— Amy Johnson Frykholm
America - Peter Heinegg
A handy historical overview of an issue that cannot be dismissed as "academic," because it is just too important for understanding who we are and where we are going.
History of Education Quarterly - J. Gregory Behle
The Sacred and the Secular University is a balanced and well-reasoned contribution to one of the major themes of American higher education. Full of drama, characters, and plot . . . [it] provides insights into what may be the defining movement within American higher education history.
American Historical Review - Joel A. Carpenter
This is a masterful study. In a mere 122 pages of text, it gets to the heart of the secularizing impulse in higher education. This is intellectual history at its finest, written in engaging, accessible . . . and witty prose about matters that are central to intellectual life. For those of us who live in the academy, this is our history. It should be required reading.
Religious Studies Review - Amy Johnson Frykholm
This concise, well-argued book offers an important glimpse into the historical production of knowledge and the changing place of religion in the university.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000

Winner of the Thomas N. Bonner Prize

"A handy historical overview of an issue that cannot be dismissed as "academic," because it is just too important for understanding who we are and where we are going."--Peter Heinegg, America

"The Sacred and the Secular University is a balanced and well-reasoned contribution to one of the major themes of American higher education. Full of drama, characters, and plot . . . [it] provides insights into what may be the defining movement within American higher education history."--J. Gregory Behle, History of Education Quarterly

"This is a masterful study. In a mere 122 pages of text, it gets to the heart of the secularizing impulse in higher education. This is intellectual history at its finest, written in engaging, accessible . . . and witty prose about matters that are central to intellectual life. For those of us who live in the academy, this is our history. It should be required reading."--Joel A. Carpenter, American Historical Review

"This concise, well-argued book offers an important glimpse into the historical production of knowledge and the changing place of religion in the university."--Amy Johnson Frykholm, Religious Studies Review

America
A handy historical overview of an issue that cannot be dismissed as "academic," because it is just too important for understanding who we are and where we are going.
— Peter Heinegg
History of Education Quarterly
The Sacred and the Secular University is a balanced and well-reasoned contribution to one of the major themes of American higher education. Full of drama, characters, and plot . . . [it] provides insights into what may be the defining movement within American higher education history.
— J. Gregory Behle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691015569
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents


FOREWORD ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii
INTRODUCTION BY JOHN F. WILSON 3
PART ONE: THE SCIENCES 17
CHAPTER ONE Religion, Science, and Higher Education 19
CHAPTER TWO The Emergence of the Human Sciences 43
CHAPTER THREE Knowledge and Inquiry in the Ascendant 61
PART TWO: THE HUMANITIES 73
CHAPTER FOUR The Triumph of the Humanities 75
CHAPTER FIVE The Boon and Bane of Specialization 83
CHAPTER SIX Two Ideals of Knowledge 95
CHAPTER SEVEN For and against Secularization 107
NOTES 123
INDEX 177
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"A brief, highly readable survey of the de-Christianization of the American academy that should attract a wide readership among historians of education, science, and religion."—Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin

"The issues of religion in public life and the role of religion in colleges are receiving a lot of attention today. This book makes a significant contribution to those discussions."—Wayne Proudfoot, Columbia University

Read More Show Less

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