Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

Edited by David S. Dockery, Christopher W. Morgan, Contributions by Bruce Riley Ashford, Paul Bialek, Peter Cha, Thomas Cornman, Gene C. Fant Jr. , Nathan Finn, Chris Firestone, Greg Forster, Bradley Gundlach, Donald Guthrie, George H. Guthrie, Don Hedges, Katherine Jeffery, Eric Johnson, Steve Kang, John F. Kilner, Russ Kosits, Glenn Marsch, Laurie Matthias, Chrystal Ho Pao, David W. Pao, Timothy L. Smith, Felix Theonugraha, Micah Watson, John D. Woodbridge, Taylor Worley, Karen A. Wrobbel

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Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

Edited by David S. Dockery, Christopher W. Morgan, Contributions by Bruce Riley Ashford, Paul Bialek, Peter Cha, Thomas Cornman, Gene C. Fant Jr. , Nathan Finn, Chris Firestone, Greg Forster, Bradley Gundlach, Donald Guthrie, George H. Guthrie, Don Hedges, Katherine Jeffery, Eric Johnson, Steve Kang, John F. Kilner, Russ Kosits, Glenn Marsch, Laurie Matthias, Chrystal Ho Pao, David W. Pao, Timothy L. Smith, Felix Theonugraha, Micah Watson, John D. Woodbridge, Taylor Worley, Karen A. Wrobbel

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Our world is growing increasingly complex and confused—a unique and urgent context that calls for a grounded and fresh approach to Christian higher education.

Christian higher education involves a distinctive way of thinking about teaching, learning, scholarship, curriculum, student life, administration, and governance that is rooted in the historic Christian faith.

In this volume, twenty-nine experts from a variety of fields, including theology, the humanities, science, mathematics, social science, philosophy, the arts, and professional programs, explore how the foundational beliefs of Christianity influence higher education and its disciplines. Aimed at equipping the next generation to better engage the shifting cultural context, this book calls students, professors, trustees, administrators, and church leaders to a renewed commitment to the distinctive work of Christian higher education—for the good of the society, the good of the church, and the glory of God.


David S. Dockery

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas System) serves as president of the International Alliance for Christian Education as well as president and distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as president of Union University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a much-sought-after speaker and lecturer, a former consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than forty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three married sons and seven grandchildren.

Christopher W. Morgan

Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of theology and the dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including several volumes in the Theology in Community series.

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Category: Academic
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 576
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 32.51 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5653-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5653-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433556531
Case Quantity: 12
Published: November 30, 2018

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Theological Shape of Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition

1. Christian Higher Education: An Introduction (David S. Dockery)

2.  Knowing And Loving God: Toward A Theology of Christian Higher Education (Nathan A. Finn)

3. The Authority of Holy Scripture: Commitments for Christian Higher Education in the Evangelical Tradition (John D. Woodbridge) 

4. The Study of Holy Scripture and the Work of Christian Higher Education (George H. Guthrie) 

5. Made in the Image of God: Implications for Teaching and Learning (John F. Kilner) 

6.  Foundations of Christian Higher Education: Learning from Church History (Bradley J. Gundlach)

Part 2: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition

7. The Christian Worldview for Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Christopher W. Morgan)  

8. Faith and Teaching (Donald C. Guthrie)

9. Faith and Learning (Laurie R. Matthias) 

10. The Importance of Research for Teaching and Learning (David W. Pao and Chrystal L. Ho Pao)

11. Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (Gene C. Fant Jr.) 

12. Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (Glenn A. Marsch) 

13. Teaching and Learning in Mathematics (Paul R. Bialek) 

14. Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences (Eric L. Johnson and Russell D. Kosits)

15. Teaching and Learning in Philosophy (Chris L. Firestone) 

16. Teaching and Learning in Music and the Arts (Don P. Hedges) 

17. Teaching and Learning in Education (Karen A. Wrobbel) 

18. Teaching and Learning in Adult and Professional Programs (Timothy L. Smith)

Part 3: Faith, Teaching, and Learning: Applications and Implications for the Campus, the Church, the Marketplace, and the World

19. Faith, Learning, and Catechesis (S. Steve Kang) 

20. Faith, Learning, Worship, and Service (Taylor B. Worley)  

21. Faith, Learning, and Living (Felix Theonugraha) 

22. Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (Katherine M. Jeffery) 

23. Faith, Learning, and the World (Greg Forster) 

24. Faith, Ethics, and Culture (Micah J. Watson) 

25. Faith, Teaching, and Learning in Service to the Church (Thomas H. L. Cornman) 

26. The Importance of Intercultural and International Approaches in Christian Higher Education (Peter T. Cha)

27. Missions, the Global Church, and Christian Higher Education (Bruce Riley Ashford)

General Index
Scripture Index


Christian Higher Education, skillfully edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a work both magisterial and invitational, welcoming the reader into a deeper understanding of the history, need, nature, and purposes of Christian higher education and the implications for the student and broader society. It will serve as a great encouragement and guide for all those interested in the holistic formation of a new generation.”
Cherie Harder, President, The Trinity Forum

“In passion, vision, and lifelong commitment to bring theologically sound, biblically faithful, and culturally relevant thinking to bear on Christian education, David Dockery has few peers. In this volume, Dockery, Chris Morgan, and colleagues sound a clarion call to those who serve in Christian higher education by inviting them afresh to understand and fulfill their mission as the theologically informed, Christ-centered, worldview-transforming academic arm of the church.”
J. Randall O'Brien, President, Carson-Newman University

“This wonderful collection of essays, edited by David Dockery and Chris Morgan, is a superb exploration of both the theological roots and implications of Christian higher education within the evangelical tradition. Unusual in breadth and scope, it provides helpful insight for the new adventurer as well as the serious and seasoned scholar. A gift indeed at such a time as this!”
Stan D. Gaede, President, Christian College Consortium; Scholar in Residence, Gordon College

“Higher education across the world is at a tipping point. After years of celebrated glory and praise, institutions of higher education have been besieged over the past ten years or more by unrelenting criticisms ranging from the cost of attendance to the cost of operation. Paramount among these criticisms and striking at the very heart and soul of higher education is the question of its purpose and utility. Nowhere are these disparagements more unsettling than to those of us in Christian higher education. What is needed is a fresh understanding of the purpose of higher education and the role and place of Christian higher education. In this book, David Dockery and Christopher Morgan have gathered a remarkable cadre of evangelical scholars to reflect on the issues posed by the current turmoil. Is the Christian university to be differentiated from secular universities merely on the basis of the ‘personal piety’ of the faculty and students? Or is it on the activism spawned by nuanced theological speculations? This work presents a unified and renewed understanding of the Christian university based on a grounded reading of church history and evangelical thought. There is much here for the reader to ponder.”
J. Michael Hardin , Provost, Samford University

“In Christian Higher Education, David Dockery and Chris Morgan present essential qualities for Christian institutions. This book will become required reading for boards of trustees, cabinets, academic departments, and faculty retreats. The volume is laid out with a clear recap of why maintaining a biblical foundation is crucial for any Christ-centered academic institution. In establishing a strong desire to create an environment where biblical teachings flow through the rest of the college atmosphere apart from classes and chapel, institutions shape well-rounded and holistic education. Next, the contributors detail the particular beauty of the humanities, arts, and STEM fields. They conclude with a thorough and convincing description of why it is necessary to be adaptable today in the fast-changing landscape of higher education without losing the fundamentals. No book of this type would be complete without an inspiring chapter on the importance of diversity and inclusion as a kingdom imperative. The book ends noting that spiritual formation—a primary focus for any Christian institution—can be a form of discipleship and that leadership development is inseparable from discipleship. I could not agree more wholeheartedly.”
Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

“In this important new work, David Dockery and Chris Morgan lay out a powerful vision for Christian higher education. As one who has recently cast my lot into this world, I was encouraged and challenged to learn from this helpful array of voices. Few realize all that is involved in higher education, and walking through the historical, biblical, and theological implications is both instructive and inspirational. I highly recommend this volume for higher ed starters (like me) and long-term veterans seeking to be faithful in the work of Christian higher education.”
Ed Stetzer, Dean, Talbot School of Theology

“With an array of insightful thinkers and penetrating essays, Christian Higher Education draws together some of the best minds at the vanguard of faith and higher education. I highly commend this readable book to anyone who cares about the life of the mind and the life of faith. It represents a timely and much-needed voice in these challenging days.”
D. Michael Lindsay, President, Taylor University

“In Christian Higher Education, David Dockery and Chris Morgan seek to restate for the postmodern and multicultural world of the twenty-first century the classic theological and historical foundations of the enterprise of Christian higher education. Drawing on the disciplinary expertise and practical experience of over twenty fellow scholars and teachers, this collection of essays explores the implications of the Scriptures, the creeds, and the church’s mission for the vocation of the evangelical teacher-scholar in the classroom, as well as within the academy, the church, and the world. Given the study questions and suggested readings at the end of each chapter, the balance of the theoretical background and practical application, and those core elements that apply to all evangelicals regardless of culture, gender, class, or ethnicity, this volume provides a valuable introduction for a class of new faculty or board members entering the world of evangelical higher education.”
Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College  

“I am pleased to recommend David Dockery and Christopher Morgan’s excellent Christian Higher Education. This comprehensive collection of essays on evangelical education across the disciplines deserves a place on every Christian educator’s bookshelf.”
Thomas S. Kidd, Research Professor of Church History, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh

“In Christian higher education, we err if we seek to find our path forward without reference to the rich church tradition and the evangelical legacy. It is also a truism that the work of Christian higher education demands unrelenting attention. We all know that there are many ‘Christian higher ed corpses,’ schools that were originally Christian but then slipped away. These stand to warn us against complacency lest we too lose our institutions to the romantic ideas prevalent in our contemporary, post-Christian culture. I thank David Dockery and Chris Morgan for this book that urges us to form Christian minds and lives in such a way that our students will think, live, and serve Christianly throughout their lives. The various writers have dealt with this quintessential subject with great dexterity and exemplary scholarship. I salute the contributors and commend this book heartily to all involved in the work of Christian higher education.”
John Senyonyi, Vice Chancellor, Uganda Christian University

“Drawing on some of the best minds within the community of Christian higher education, David Dockery and Chris Morgan have assembled a volume that will be of tremendous help to faculty, administrators, trustees, and those who simply want to develop a broader, deeper understanding of our sector of university life. I’m inspired, challenged, and grateful for the scholarship reflected by the contributors to this work.”
Andrew Westmoreland, President, Samford University

“This volume of thoughtful essays should not just be read by Christian educators, but also by pastors and church leaders who want to understand why Christian education is so vitally important, how cultural pressures can cause mission drift, and what needs to be done to ensure that Christian education thrives for future generations.”
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California