Religious Ideas for Secular Universities

Religious Ideas for Secular Universities

by C. John Sommerville


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802864420
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

C. John Sommerville is professor emeritus of history at the University of Florida, a member of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, and senior fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. His other books include The Decline of the

Table of Contents

Preface ix

I The Crisis of the Secular University

1 Secularist Education Becomes Problematic 3

2 Secularization Creates the Corporate University 19

3 Defining Religious and Secular Arguments 32

4 Why Christianity and Secularization Need Each Other 48

5 Scholars Recover the Human Difference 65

II Judging Religions, and Especially Christianity

6 How We Judge Religions 81

7 How Does Christianity Come Out? 91

8 Theocracy versus Christianity 101

III Scholars Assess the Western Bible

9 How the Bible Works: Narrative Theory 113

10 How the Bible Was Chosen and What Makes It One Book 124

IV The University and the Culture Wars

11 A Brief History of Our Culture Wars 143

12 The Child as Secular Icon 156

13 News as Culture Substitute 168

14 Spirituality and Decadence 177

Index 18

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