Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools / Edition 1

Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools / Edition 1

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0195114930
ISBN-13:
9780195114935
Pub. Date:
10/28/1997
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools / Edition 1

This book offers a close-up look at theological education in the U.S. today. The authors' goal is to understand the way in which institutional culture affects the outcome of the educational process. To that end, they undertake ethnographic studies of two seminaries-one evangelical and one mainline Protestant. These studies, written in a lively journalistic style, make up the first part of the book and offer fascinating portraits of two very different intellectual, religious, and social worlds.

The authors go on to analyze these disparate environments, and suggest how in each case corporate culture acts as an agent of educational change. They find two major consequences stemming from the culture of each school. First, each culture gives expression to a normative goal that aims at shaping the way students understand themselves and from issues of ministry practice. Second, each provides a "cultural tool kit" of knowledge, practices, and skills that students use to construct strategies of action for the various problems and issues that will confront them as pastors or in other forms of ministry. In the concluding chapters, the authors explore the implications of their findings for theories of institutional culture and professional socialization and for interpreting the state of religion in America. They identify some of the practical dilemmas that theological and other professional schools currently face, and reflect on how their findings might contribute to their solution. This accessible, thought-provoking study will not only illuminate the structure and process by which culture educates and forms, but also provide invaluable insights into important dynamics of American religious life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195114935
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: Religion in America Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)

About the Author

Jackson W. Carroll is Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Religion and Society and Director of the J.M. Ormond Center for Research, Planning and Development at the Duke University Divinity School. Barbara G. Wheeler is President of the Auburn Theological Seminary. Daniel O. Aleshire is Associate Director of the Association of Theological Schools, and Penny Long Marler is Associate Professor of Religion at Samford University.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(16)
PART I TWO THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS 19(184)
Evangelical Theological Seminary 19(100)
1 The Message
19(12)
2 Variations
31(16)
3 Evangelical Culture
47(14)
4 Contests
61(16)
5 Students
77(20)
6 Covenant House
97(22)
Mainline Theological Seminary 119(84)
7 Year One: Encounters
119(26)
8 Year Two: Working Things Out
145(27)
9 Year Three: Resolutions
172(31)
PART II CULTURE AND EDUCATIONAL FORMATION 203(78)
10 Elements of Educational Culture
203(19)
11 The Process of Education and Formation
222(29)
12 Culture and Formation: Theoretical Perspectives
251(18)
13 Culture and Educational Practice: A Concluding Unscientific Postscript
269(12)
Notes 281(6)
References 287(4)
Index 291

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