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The Second Great Awakening: From Rural Revival to National Social Movement

February 12, 2017

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More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, or the Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of care for the poor, freedom for the oppressed and education for all.

More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, or the Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of care for the poor, freedom for the oppressed and education for all.

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Scripture and Culture-Making: What Christian Colleges could Learn from Rabbinic Higher Education

February 9, 2017

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Today’s teenagers know abundant details about the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were. -Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

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Revival and Moral Philosophy: A Puritan Vision for American Higher Education

January 24, 2017

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The leaders of these colleges were key to a surprising intellectual synthesis of revival and common-sense moral philosophy that dominated American thinking from 1790 to 1865 and which led to the remarkable Christianization of American society.

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The College Chapel: Puritan Relic or Campus Hot Spot?

January 17, 2017

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If James K. A. Smith is correct that Jesus establishes particular ‘hot spots of sacramentality’ and endues them with a special sense of God’s presence, then the Christian college chapel needs to be a significant ‘hot spot’ on campus

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A Bump in Leadership, Ethics (and Pay): Making a Case for an Arts and Sciences Education

January 2, 2017

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Graduates who report that in college they talked with faculty members about nonacademic and academic subjects outside class are nearly twice as likely to have become leaders in their localities or professions.

Graduates who report that in college they talked with faculty members about nonacademic and academic subjects outside class are nearly twice as likely to have become leaders in their localities or professions.

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History isn’t a ‘useless’ major: It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

November 7, 2016

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The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

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Court Rules in Favor of Canada’s Largest Christian University in Religious Liberties Accreditation Case

November 2, 2016

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"This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism, can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal,” concludes the 66-page unanimous decision signed by Chief Justice Robert Bauman and four other justices.

“This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism, can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal,” concludes the 66-page unanimous decision signed by Chief Justice Robert Bauman and four other justices.

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‘Hence’ Plagiarism: Professor’s Criticism of Latina Honor Student’s Vocabulary Provokes National Conversation on Race

October 31, 2016

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My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. The professor's "blue pen was the catalyst that opened an ocean of self-doubt that I worked so hard to destroy.

My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. The professor’s “blue pen was the catalyst that opened an ocean of self-doubt that I worked so hard to destroy.

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The Liberal Arts Major’s Revenge: Better Long Term Earning Power, By George Anders in WSJ

September 16, 2016

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Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M).  -Wall Street Journal

Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M). -Wall Street Journal

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The Holy Spirit and the Liberal Arts: The Future of Two-Handed Higher Education

March 28, 2016

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The common perception that orthodoxy finally prevailed because of “One Athanasius against the world” is far too individualistic an interpretation. The battle was actually, “One Christian college against their culture.” And the Christian college won.

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St Patrick’s Day Quiz: Can You Guess the Saint’s Greatest Accomplishment?

March 17, 2016

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The patron saint of Ireland is rarely credited with what was perhaps his greatest achievement. (Hint: It’s not green beer.)

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Unity and Reconciliation in Bizarro World: Johnson University Black History Month Celebration with Efrem Smith and Gary David Stratton

February 8, 2016

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Johnson University's kickoff to Black History month provided black and white perspectives on Unity and Reconciliation in the body of Christ from Efrem Smith, CEO & President at World Impact, and Dr. Gary David Stratton, Dean of Johnson's School of Arts and Sciences

Johnson University’s kickoff to Black History month provided black and white perspectives on Unity and Reconciliation in the body of Christ from Efrem Smith, CEO & President at World Impact, and Dr. Gary David Stratton, Dean of Johnson’s School of Arts and Sciences

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Ten Habits of Highly Creative People, by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

January 30, 2016

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The discovery of the “default network” of the brain—the part of the brain at work when we are not purposefully engaged in other tasks—is one of the most important recent discoveries in neuroscience. Neuroscientists have discovered that solitary, inwardly focused reflection employs a different brain network than outwardly focused attention.

The discovery of the “default network” of the brain—the part of the brain at work when we are not purposefully engaged in other tasks—is one of the most important recent discoveries in neuroscience. Neuroscientists have discovered that solitary, inwardly focused reflection employs a different brain network than outwardly focused attention.

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What does the University have to do with Prayer?

January 21, 2016

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In a generation hungering for intimacy at an unprecedented level, can we offer students pathways to encounter the Father’s transforming love? In a generation flocking to supernatural movies, television shows, and video games, can our campus ministries help students experience the kingdom of God breaking into the world in ways that defy all natural explanation?

In a generation hungering for intimacy at an unprecedented level, can we offer students pathways to encounter the Father’s transforming love? In a generation flocking to supernatural movies, television shows, and video games, can our campus ministries help students experience the kingdom of God breaking into the world in ways that defy all natural explanation?

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3 College Trends the Class of 2021 Should Expect, by Brian Witte

January 7, 2016

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While the value of such specialized degrees is occasionally debated, there is a clear trend toward increased diversity in majors.  Once a rare sight, design your own major programs, like that of Swarthmore College, allow students to explore and combine disparate disciplines, like biology and music.

While the value of such specialized degrees is occasionally debated, there is a clear trend toward increased diversity in majors. Once a rare sight, design your own major programs, like that of Swarthmore College, allow students to explore and combine disparate disciplines, like biology and music.

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