Faith and Secularisation in Religious Colleges and by James Arthur

By James Arthur

This publication is a exact examine of upper schooling associations affiliated to specific religions. It considers the debates surrounding educational freedom, institutional governance, academic coverage, challenge and id including associations’ relatives with the country and their wider groups. quite a lot of institutions are tested, together with: Christian, Islamic and Jewish universities within the US, Europe and the center East. basically, this quantity questions even if such associations may be either non secular and a ‘university’ and likewise considers the proper position of non secular religion inside of schools and universities.

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Have responded to social changes by distancing themselves from their particular religious pasts and also by becoming large secular research universities. For some reason their religious affiliation became less important to their participation in higher education with the passage of time. They have disengaged from their religious affiliations to such an extent that Sawatsky (2004: 5) believes that the transformation of such USA universities is ‘one of the clearest examples of secularisation in American history’.

It recognises that many definitions of ‘secularisation’ hide the anti-religious dimensions to secularism by describing only the outcomes of secularisation. In this context this book views secularisation as the erosion of the religious identity and mission of religiously affiliated institutions. It asks whether religious groups have a diminished role in higher education and whether the bonds between religious sponsors and higher education have or are being loosened. What were the forces or pressures which sought greater independence from religious authority in the field of university governance and scholarship?

Colleges and universities which give pre-eminence to religious difference and distinctiveness are not therefore precluded from pursuing diversity. In a university the absence of diversity is often caused as a result of economic and peer pressures which ensure that funds are available for some kinds of Religiously affiliated higher education 27 research and teaching, but not others. Indeed, the mechanisms by which governments provide funding to universities often control the distribution of research funds.

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