The Christian Academic in Higher Education: The Consecration of Learning

The Christian Academic in Higher Education: The Consecration of Learning

by John Sullivan

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This book offers a Christian engagement with the realities of academic life and work. Examining this topic from intellectual, institutional and spiritual perspectives, the author explores how the two identities – as a Christian and an academic – can both coexist and complement one another. The author provides a ‘road map’ for academics demonstrating the interaction between religious faith and the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of university scholarship and teaching. Addressing questions such as the contentious nature of religious faith in the university environment, the expression of faith within the role of professor, and the consequences of consecrating oneself to learning, this pioneering and practical volume will be relevant to Christian scholars in any academic discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319888149
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Sullivan is Professor Emeritus at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and Visiting Professor at Newman University, UK. He has taught in schools, universities and for the church, and has published widely on the connections between the connections between theology and education; mission and practice; and faith and culture.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.- PART I. ENTERING THE FIELD.- Chapter 2. Purposes and Presuppositions.- Chapter 3. Christian Scholars.- PART II. INTELLECTUAL LIFE AND WORK.- Chapter 4. Academic Judgements.- Chapter 5. Context, Conditions and Community.- Chapter 6. Worship and Learning.- Chapter 7. Christian Universities.- PART III. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.- Chapter 8. Wisdom, Vocation and the University.- Chapter 9. Polarities in Christian Pedagogy.- Chapter 10. Reading, Teaching and Engagement.- Chapter 11. Vulnerability and Self-Giving in Christian Teaching and Learning.- Chapter 12. The Consecration of Learning.

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“This remarkable work, drawing on a lifetime of experience and reflection, goes deep into academic life and into Christian faith, and makes wise, illuminating connections between them. More than that, it succeeds both in facing honestly the pitfalls and difficult issues, and also in offering inspiration and practical guidance that is relevant not only to Christian academics but to anyone who is committed to learning and teaching as a vocation.” (David F. Ford OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge)

“This original book provides a creative dialogue between Christian faith and spirituality, on the one hand, and the everyday realities of academic life, on the other. Over against the increasing commodification and managerialism of universities, John Sullivan shows how the basic tasks of academics may be evaluated from moral, spiritual, and religious perspectives. His insights, especially on the spiritual dimension of learning, will be illuminating and engaging for readers with a wide variety of commitments.” (Jeff Astley, Professor, University of Warwick, UK; Honorary Professor, Durham University, UK)

“This is an extraordinary and impressive tour de force that explores the interaction and creative tension between the life of Christian faith and the life of intellectual and scholarly activity in the contemporary university. Professor Sullivan draws from his extensive professional experience and expertise in a range of academic disciplines to produce this fascinating book about the nature and role of the Christian scholar. This scholarly book offers serious challenges to Christian and secular scholars and to the self-understanding and construction of the Academy.” (Professor Stephen McKinney, Leader of Creativity, Culture and Faith, School of Education, University of Glasgow)

“This study explores what it means to be a Christian scholar and teacher in higher education. Reflecting the wisdom born out of high quality scholarship and extensive educational experience, the book does two things particularly well. While articulating the motivations and hopes coming from a Christian educational perspective, it addresses the professional commitments that a scholar of any or no religious background should have, working in an open university in a pluralist society.” (Graham Rossiter, Professor of Moral and Religious Education, Australian Catholic University)

“A timely and thorough consideration of university teaching and learning from a Christian perspective, this book is particularly valuable in addressing both the Christian university experience and the experience of Christian faculty in secular universities. Affirming that intellectual work is part of any Christian academic's vocation, Sullivan explores ways in which to engage critically and constructively with the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s world of higher education.” (Deborah Bowen, Professor of English, Redeemer University College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

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