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Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education


reviewed by Roger P. Ebertz - 1996

coverTitle: Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education
Author(s): Douglas Sloan
Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville
ISBN: 0664220355, Pages: 252, Year: 1994
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In this stimulating book, Douglas Sloan proceeds on two levels. On one level he chronicles the relationship between the mainline denominations and American colleges and universities. On a second level, Sloan argues that key theologians failed to provide adequate epistemological support for this relationship. Throughout the book Sloan points to the need for a more holistic and unified theory of knowledge, one that appreciates nonempirical, qualitative ways of knowing. Sloan’s narrative is one of crisis, response, and ultimately failure. America, at the turn of the century, was idealistic and in love with science. Blinded by optimism, most Americans, including most liberal theologians, failed to detect the inherent danger in the mechanical, materialistic world view. Issues of religion and ethics were gradually pushed to the periphery of the academy. The role of the church was severely limited as the research institution, pursuing objective, value-free knowledge, became the paradigm for higher education. Yet, at the same time, European neo-orthodox theology began to have an impact in America. Bright young theologians... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 1, 1996, p. 178-180
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9642, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 3:27:47 PM

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