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God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America


reviewed by Chris Collins — 2005

coverTitle: God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America
Author(s): Naomi Schaefer Riley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York
ISBN: 0312330456, Pages: 262, Year: 2005
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Can an institution of higher education serve both God and the academy?  Can it be both obedient to its religious obligations while open to the demands of free intellectual inquiry?  Perhaps, contrary to common perceptions, the former actually strengthens the latter rather than threatening it.  Naomi Schaefer Riley’s God on the Quad suggests as much. Not so long ago, in The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from their Christian Churches (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdman’s Pub. Co, 1998), James Tunstead Burtchaell offered a damning critique of the ways once-religious colleges and universities had abandoned their religious roots to attain greater status in the secularized academy.  As a result, he explained, there was increasingly little which could distinguish religious colleges on the landscape of American higher education.  Today, Riley sounds a very different note (with certain qualifications), providing a glimpse into a thriving religiosity on many college... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2462-2465
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11859, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 9:54:48 AM

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  • Chris Collins
    Weston Jesuit School of Theology
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    CHRISTOPHER COLLINS is a graduate student in the Divinity and Licentiate of Sacred Theology program at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. He also has an MA in History from Saint Louis University (2001) and a BA in Philosophy from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1993). His thesis is titled “Marriage as an Icon of Christian Salvation” and he is also interested in popular devotions and religious imagination in American Catholicism, history of Jesuit missions and hagiography.
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