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Christian Higher Education in Europe: A Historical Overview

Bebbington DW (2011) Christian Higher Education in Europe: A Historical Overview, Christian Higher Education, 10 (1), pp. 10-24.

The history of Christian higher education in Europe may be analyzed in terms of seven eras. From their medieval origins in scholasticism and the practical needs of students and rulers, universities passed through Renaissance humanism to a period of decay, yet remained substantially Christian in intent. The Enlightenment exercised a partially secularizing influence, and the neohumanist reaction against it also tended to dilute the faith. The recent era of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been associated with the rise of postmodernism and the involvement of the state in the quest for relevance. A Christian response to contemporary circumstances is to engage with the cultural currents of the present day and, in drawing on the thought of John Henry Newman and Sir Walter Moberly, to ensure the integration of Christianity into higher education so that discussion of ultimate questions is informed by the Christian faith.

AuthorsBebbington David William
Publication date01/2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN 1536-3759

Christian Higher Education: Volume 10, Issue 1

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