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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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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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The Greco-Roman Liberal Arts: When Students were more than just Numbers

March 16, 2015

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Whereas Plato and Aristotle interacted with their students as friends, the depersonalized modern university student is often little more than a number. No relationship means no moral transformation, at least not for the good.

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The Day the Purpose of College Changed, by Dan Berrett

January 26, 2015

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If a university is not a place where intellectual curiosity is to be encouraged, and subsidized, then it is nothing.

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With Prayer in the School of Christ: Higher Education and the Knowledge of God, by Gary David Stratton, PhD

February 11, 2014

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For Jesus prayer and education were inseparable, because education and the knowledge of God are inseparable.

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The Greco-Roman Liberal Arts: Education with Friendship and Heart, by Gary David Stratton, PhD

February 10, 2014

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Whereas Plato and Aristotle called their students friends, today’s students are often little more than numbers. The liberal arts vision of generating a steady stream of truth-seeking leaders to flood our culture with virtue has clearly fallen on hard times.

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Who Killed the Liberal Arts? And Why We Should Care, by Joseph Epstein

November 16, 2012

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Unlike our current examination-based ‘quick response’ educational system, serious intellectual effort requires slow, usually painstaking thought, often with wrong roads taken along the way to the right destination, if one is lucky enough to arrive there.

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The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education Around the World

April 10, 2012

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Lafayette and Swarthmore Colleges sponsor conference on challenges facing historic liberal arts institutions By Eric Hoover Easton, Pa. — Demand for higher education is up, but so, too, are college costs. The returns on investing in a bachelor’s degree have grown, yet net prices, for many families, have increased relative to their incomes. Put another way, it’s both […]

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Two Handed Warriors Podcast/MP3: Gary David Stratton at Geneva College

May 31, 2011

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Culture-making Education through Devotion to BOTH the Life of the Mind AND the Life of the Spirit Ever wonder what casting a vision for two-handed warfare might sound like when addressing college students? Here’s one attempt from Geneva College (Pennsylvania.) I couldn’t include the slides, but I have included the movie clip from THE PRINCESS […]

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Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives

February 24, 2011

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While academics are understandably proud of their “outer” accomplishments in the fields of science, medicine, technology, and commerce, colleges and universities have increasingly come to neglect the student’s “inner” development–the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality, and self-understanding, despite the importance of spiritual matters to young people in their quest to lead integrated […]

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