- The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education
- Religion, Privatization, and American Educational Policy
- Secularism and Religion in American Education
- Pluralism in Religion and American Education
- Religious Literacy in American Education
- Religious Liberty in American Education
- Democracy, Religion, and American Education
- Faith Development
- Moral Education
- Religious Education in the Traditions
- Religious Education Between the Traditions
- Private Religious Schools
- Religion and Homeschooling
- Public Funding of Private Religious Schools
- Religiously Affiliated Charter Schools
- Law and Religion in American Education
- Religious Expression in Public Schools
- Religion and the Public School Curriculum
- The Bible and American Public Schools
- Religion, Extracurricular Activities, and Access to Public School Facilities
- Religious Freedom, Common Schools, and the Common Good
- Religion in Mainline and Independent Private Higher Education
- Evangelical Higher Education
- Catholic Higher Education
- Religion and Spirituality in Public Higher Education
- Theological Education
- Religion, Spirituality, and College Students
- Religion, Spirituality, and College Faculty
- Teaching Religious Studies
- Teaching About Religion Outside of Religious Studies
- Campus Ministry
Abstract and Keywords
The story of mainline and independent colleges parallels the narrative of American higher education as a whole. Until the twentieth century, these institutions dominated higher education, and religion in general (Protestantism in particular) played a huge role in their early history. During the twentieth century many scholars began to assume that secularization was inevitable, and religion was deemed irrelevant to higher education. Recent cultural shifts have reversed this trend. Globalization reveals the need for religious literacy and interfaith competencies, and the quest for meaning, personal development, and civic engagement that has always been part of the liberal arts is being reframed in ways that are appropriate for traditionally religious, spiritual, and nonreligious students. Religion is being reintegrated into the educational programming of mainline and independent colleges and universities—which still attract more than a quarter of all American college students—in ways that would have been unthinkable a generation ago.
Douglas Jacobsen (PhD, University of Chicago) is distinguished professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. His books include Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (2003), Gracious Christianity (2006), The World’s Christians (2011), and Global Gospel: An Introduction to Christianity on Five Continents (2015).
Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (EdD, Temple University) is director of Faculty Development and Professor of Psychology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Together, Jake and Rhonda co-direct the Religion in the Academy Project, a major research initiative examining the educational effects of religion and religious diversity. They have published three books with Oxford University Press: Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation (2004); The American University in a Postsecular Age (2008), winner of the Lilly Fellows Book Award; and No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education (2012), winner of a Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
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