ERIC Number: EJ1047916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
"Higher" Education: A Perspective from a Christian University Foundation in Contemporary England
Pillay, Gerald J.
Christian Higher Education, v14 n1-2 p4-16 2015
The relation between Christian education and the secularized public square, based on how state and church relations are typically portrayed, has been described chiefly in terms of conflict. However, in the case of church-founded schools and universities in Britain, the relationship, in practice, is more ambiguous than polarized. Arguably, there is growing antipathy to direct institutional identity with faith or religion; at the same time, however, there is growing confidence among others that institutions informed by faith bring something indispensable to education. This essay investigates this issue via the existential experience of Liverpool Hope University, the only ecumenical university in Europe. Although Liverpool Hope University is an ecumenical institution, it is also a part of the British State university system. The argument is made that the "way of ambiguity" is not unlike the "way of Incarnation," which steers between the certainty of public recognition that has often led to forms of triumphalism and the dwindling public confidence that leads inadvertently to the dumbing down of Christian identity in public service. The church's long service to education is essential to its contribution to the common good and is indispensable for the sustainability of humane societies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Christianity, Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, State Church Separation, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives, Anxiety, Parochial Schools, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational History, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)