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The Christian Academic in Higher Education

The Consecration of Learning

Authors: Sullivan, John

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  • Offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis of academic scholarship and teaching in the light of a Christian vocationAddresses both the inner life and workplace responsibilities of academics
  • Focuses on the individual academic and how Christian faith might shape his or her work
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This book offers a Christian engagement with the realities of academic life and work. Examining this topic from intellectual, institutional and spiritual perspectives, the author explores how the two identities – as a Christian and an academic – can both coexist and complement one another. The author provides a ‘road map’ for academics demonstrating the interaction between religious faith and the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of university scholarship and teaching. Addressing questions such as the contentious nature of religious faith in the university environment, the expression of faith within the role of professor, and the consequences of consecrating oneself to learning, this pioneering and practical volume will be relevant to Christian scholars in any academic discipline.

About the authors

John Sullivan is Professor Emeritus at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and Visiting Professor at Newman University, UK. He has taught in schools, universities and for the church, and has published widely on the connections between the connections between theology and education; mission and practice; and faith and culture.

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“This book is a veritable treasure-chest for the teacher who wants to learn more about learning and teaching. … John Sullivan’s book is, like the middle-aged judge in Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, ‘full of wise saws and modern instances.’ … I heartily recommend this book to all teachers who aspire to be consecrated to learning.” (John Shortt, International Journal of Christianity & Education, Vol. 22 (03), November, 2018)
“This remarkable work, drawing on a lifetime of experience and reflection, goes deep into academic life and into Christian faith, and makes wise, illuminating connections between them. More than that, it succeeds both in facing honestly the pitfalls and difficult issues, and also in offering inspiration and practical guidance that is relevant not only to Christian academics but to anyone who is committed to learning and teaching as a vocation.” (David F. Ford OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge)

“This original book provides a creative dialogue between Christian faith and spirituality, on the one hand, and the everyday realities of academic life, on the other. Over against the increasing commodification and managerialism of universities, John Sullivan shows how the basic tasks of academics may be evaluated from moral, spiritual, and religious perspectives. His insights, especially on the spiritual dimension of learning, will be illuminating and engaging for readers with a wide variety of commitments.” (Jeff Astley, Professor, University of Warwick, UK; Honorary Professor, Durham University, UK)

“This is an extraordinary and impressive tour de force that explores the interaction and creative tension between the life of Christian faith and the life of intellectual and scholarly activity in the contemporary university. Professor Sullivan draws from his extensive professional experience and expertise in a range of academic disciplines to produce this fascinating book about the nature and role of the Christian scholar. This scholarly book offers serious challenges to Christian and secular scholars and to the self-understanding and construction of the Academy.” (Professor Stephen McKinney, Leader of Creativity, Culture and Faith, School of Education, University of Glasgow)

“This study explores what it means to be a Christian scholar and teacher in higher education.  Reflecting the wisdom born out of high quality scholarship and extensive educational experience, the book does two things particularly well.  While articulating the motivations and hopes coming from a Christian educational perspective, it addresses the professional commitments that a scholar of any or no religious background should have, working in an open university in a pluralist society.” (Graham Rossiter, Professor of Moral and Religious Education, Australian Catholic University)

“A timely and thorough consideration of university teaching and learning from a Christian perspective, this book is particularly valuable in addressing both the Christian university experience and the experience of Christian faculty in secular universities. Affirming that intellectual work is part of any Christian academic's vocation, Sullivan explores ways in which to engage critically and constructively with the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s world of higher education.” (Deborah Bowen, Professor of English, Redeemer University College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Hardcover $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Christian Academic in Higher Education
Book Subtitle
The Consecration of Learning
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69629-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69629-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69628-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88814-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 335
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