Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education

Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education

Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education

Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education

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We seem to be living in a time of multiple crises. The robust American economy of the 1990s has nose-dived over the last several years, becoming anemic if not moribund. The gap between rich and poor is increasing at an alarming rate. Urban decay seems to be an intractable and permanent feature of American society. Health care costs are skyrocketing out of reach, even for the vanishing middle class. The threat of terrorism is creating a feeling of siege within the United States and the Western world, one that seems to require pre-emptive strikes of massive proportions to contain it. Together these might suggest that we are not living in the best of times.

In this setting, institutions of Christian higher education in North America — Catholic, Lutheran, Wesleyan, Calvinist, Methodist, evangelical, fundamentalist — all struggle to understand their purpose and identity. Who are we? What are we here for? What ought to be our relationship to an increasingly fragmented and seemingly post-Christian society? What contribution might we make to alleviating society's multiple problems?

Issues facing Christian higher education are also more directly internal. How do we maintain historical identities and missions while seeking to embrace increasing diversity for our very survival? How do we address the looming double threat by on-line degree mills that promise credentials for a song and by escalating costs for students who increasingly seem to want credentials rather than an education? How are our students going to successfully face increasingly high education debts with diminishing job prospects? How do Christian scholars contend with the felt pressure to produce “safe” scholarship that will not hinder recruitment of students and money? Chrisian higher education is not without its questions.

What resources might Christian higher education draw on as it thinks its way into the twenty-first century?

Nicholas Wolterstorff's collection of essays is one such powerful re-

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