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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (11 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195122909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195122909
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A frank assertion that religious faith does indeed have a place in academia."--Kirkus Reviews
"A lucid, thoughtful book even his toughest critics will find compelling."--Publishers Weekly
"An exciting and thought-provoking work."--Commonweal
"Marsden's arguments need to be read both off and on the campus."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram



"A frank assertion that religious faith does indeed have a place in academia."--Kirkus Reviews
"A lucid, thoughtful book even his toughest critics will find compelling."--Publishers Weekly
"An exciting and thought-provoking work."--Commonweal
"Marsden's arguments need to be read both off and on the campus."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram


"A frank assertion that religious faith does indeed have a place in academia."--Kirkus Reviews
"A lucid, thoughtful book even his toughest critics will find compelling."--Publishers Weekly
"An exciting and thought-provoking work."--Commonweal
"Marsden's arguments need to be read both off and on the campus."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram



"A frank assertion that religious faith does indeed have a place in academia."--Kirkus Reviews


"A lucid, thoughtful book even his toughest critics will find compelling."--Publishers Weekly


"An exciting and thought-provoking work."--Commonweal


"Marsden's arguments need to be read both off and on the campus."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram


About the Author

George M. Marsden is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has written numerous books, including The Soul of the American University, Fundamentalism and American Culture, and Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism.

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In George Mardsen's new book, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, he admonishes religious universities not to impede the progress of the young generation of scholars: "Younger scholars who are Christian quickly learn that influential professors hold negative attitudes toward open religious expression and that to be accepted they schould keep quiet about their faith" (52). Marsden has singlehandedly changed the paradigm of what it means to be a Christian scholar. Many professors and instructors today have divided their professional life from their spiritual life. Marsden successfully explains how the two kingdoms can cohabitate through the Biblical relationship between human nature and God's nature. First of all, a proper perspective on human nature will help the Christian scholar maintain a self-critical attitude toward his own work. Second, that self-critical attitude will be balanced by the realization that his work has a higher purpose, that scholarship can be part of our worship to God. Marsden writes that "anyone who is familiar with the Christian networks among graduate students and younger faculty will recognize that many committed young people, especially from evangelical Protestant heritages, are embarking on academic careers" (107). Marsden's challenge comes just in time, when many scholars are at an impasse, deciding just how important their faith should shape the scholarship of the future.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars True Van Tillian 20 Oct. 2016
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Marsden shows his training as a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary. As a graduate from the same seminary, I was very impressed with how he applies the principles of Cornelius Van Til's method to show that the academic world is not a neutral, commitment free place. So his method is more offensive than defensive in the beginning, showing non-Christians start out with a whole complex web of unproven beliefs. Marsden is a true disciple of Van Til. Later, it gets constructive when he proposes what Christian scholars should look like.

Tim Keller recommended this book on the old Redeemer website back in ~2005-2007. I didn't get to read it until now. But I love it. If you're a presuppositionalist, get this book. If you want to see what the transcendental method / covenant apologetic looks like practically, get this book. It is very engaging, fresh and valuable read. A true gem. Can't stop gushing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tolerance For and From Christians 25 Dec. 2009
By Rod Zinkel - Published on Amazon.com
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Marsden, an historian, calls for re-establishing a voice for Christian scholarship in a pluralistic academic world. Without the threat of dominance the Christian perspective should be considered beside the Marxist, feminist, gay, liberal, conservative political perspectives. This is also a call to Christians to accept the academic world as pluralistic, and to respect the other perspectives and address their issues.

The outrageous idea of Christian scholarship has faced criticism from academics, usually based on political inferences. Evangelicals have criticized it as compromising the faith. Both groups have shown "imperialistic" potential - proselytizing in the classroom. Marsden would avoid this as it is against the rules of scholarship, which emphasizes technical expertise.

The expectation that educators should keep any religious beliefs private, however essential they are to their world view, or to excellence in scholarship itself, is a sort of selective repression, as other philosophies are freely debated in fields other than philosophy. The Enlightenment ideal of objectivity is shown to be impracticable as even the ideal requires certain presuppositions. This being the case the Christian scholar should be allowed to present a perspective that addresses many important questions in various fields.

Marsden includes a list of Christian scholars in various fields so the reader may further research their works (from the early 90's). This edition is only 137 pages, but small print and substantial writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Sept. 2016
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This is what we need today in Colleges! Buy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarship at risk 4 Dec. 2012
By Thomas D. Mackie - Published on Amazon.com
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This brief work is depressing but also a wake up call to think. Not everyone needs to be a scholar but as a Church body Christians need to take scholarship seriously and be able to integrate learning with their faith.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is not about doing what one thinks is good / right 9 July 2014
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It is not about doing what one thinks is good / right. Will what you do have a positive impact. Do gooders have made a mess of almost all situations.
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