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Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life




Astin, Alexander, Helen Astin, and Jennifer Lindholm.  Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives.  San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2010.


Buckley, Michael J., S.J.  The Catholic University as Promise and Project: Reflections in a Jesuit Idiom.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1998.


Calvert, Robert E.  To Restore American Democracy: Political Education and the Modern University.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.


Colby, Anne, Thomas Ehrlich, Elizabeth Beaumont, Jason Stephens.  Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.


Davis, Jeffry C. and Philip G. Ryken, eds.  Liberal Arts for the Christian Life.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.


Delbanco, Andrew.  College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.


Hatch, Nathan.  “Intellectual and Moral Purposes Still Meet at Catholic Universities.”  Chronicle of Higher Educaiton.  May 6, 2005.


Hauerwas, Stanley.  The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and Knowledge of God.  Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.


Hughes, Richard T.  The Vocation of a Christian Scholar: How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.


Jacobsen, Rhonda Hustedt and Douglas Jacobsen.  No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.


Jacoby, Susan.  The Age of American Unreason.  New York: First Vintage Books, 2009.


Jenkins, John I., C.S.C. “The Intellectual Life of a Catholic University.”  Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education 26, no. 2 (2007): 195-208.


Kazanjian, Victor H., Jr. and Peter L. Laurence, Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America.  New York: Peter Lang, 2006.


Kiss, Elizabeth and J. Peter Euben, eds.  Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.


Kronman, Anthony.  Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007.


Leahy, William P., S.J.  Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits, and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1991.


MacIntyre, Alasdair.  God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.


Marsden, George.  The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.


Marty, Martin E.  Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation About Religion’s Role in Our Shared Life.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.


Morrill, Richard.  Teaching Values in College: Facilitating Ethical, Moral and Value Awareness in Students.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1980.


Newman, John Henry.  The Idea of a University.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982.


Noll, Mark.  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.


-----.  Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.


Nord, Warren.  Does God Make a Difference?: Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.


Nussbaum, Martha C.  Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.


Patel, Eboo.  Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.


Postman, Neil.  The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School.  New York: Vintage, 1996.


Reuben, Julie A.  The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.


Riley, Naomi Schaefer, God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation are Changing America.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.


Wolterstorff, Nicholas.  Educating for Life: Reflections on Christian Teaching and Learning.  Ada, MI: Baker Academic, 2002.


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