ERIC Number: ED213275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Humanism: A Christian Perspective.
Kaasa, Harris; And Others
As part of a four-college project to integrate the religious tradition with humanities teaching, humanism is discussed from a Christian perspective. Definitions of the terms humanism, religion, Christianity, and Christian humanism are provided. The latter is viewed as the issues surrounding the Christian approach to the dichotomy of good and evil and the condition of being human. An introductory historical survey of Christian humanism traces this ideology from its origins in Protestantism and Catholicism, through conflict with secularization, and into the context of education, specifically modern higher education. Losses and gains of Christian humanism in the twentieth century are outlined, looking at the varied American religious scene, changes within each group, and academic versus grassroots theology. It is concluded that at the heart of the current dilemma faced by Christian humanists are the separation between Christianity and culture, or secular life, and a related ignorance of the tradition of Christian humanism. Specialization in higher education curriculum is seen as a prime example of this separation. Literature appropriate to the academic study of this tradition is suggested. In addition to this literature, a new approach to the teaching of Christian history is recommended to bridge the existing gap between secular and religious history instruction and to emphasize the continuity of the tradition of Christian humanism from early times to the present. Appended is an article by R. W. Franklin, "The NEH Christian Humanism Project at Saint John's, Collegeville." (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saint Johns University MN
Note: For related document see ED 207 374.