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Timely and Compelling,
This review is from: Christianity and the University Experience (Paperback)
This book provides the first empirical study of its kind into the ways in which Christianity is lived in modern English universities. Big assumptions which many of us make instinctively about this subject - around universities as secular spaces, the relationship between student Christianity and social attitudes or between doctrine and practice - are rigorously tested against empirical data. Many of them will need to be seriously rethought in the wake of this book. I would strongly recommend the book for anyone with an interest in the modern university or modern Christianity , or indeed anyone who wishes to be involved with the conversation on these topics which the authors ask their readers to engage in.
It engages rigorously with both the previous scholarship on the subject, and the evidence revealed by a quantitative survey and a series of qualitative interviews. The results are compelling, such as the presence of a mass of "hidden Christians" in university life who affirm a Christian faith without being part of the visible Christian organization, and the serious disparity between the official public statements of the Christian Unions and the actual lives and activities of its members. The authors uncover a pattern of student Christianity which is far less confined by denomination than in the past, and much more likely to draw fluidly on a range of religious sources.
The study fills a serious gap in our understanding of how Christianity is lived as part of modern student life, and prompts reflection on a number of topics. It redraws the map of its subject, and points to new lines of research which other scholars will no doubt be keen to follow up.