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ERIC Number: EJ810699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
The Inevitability of Conflict and the Importance of Its Resolution in Christian Higher Education
Ennis, Leslie Sturdivant
Christian Higher Education, v7 n4 p339-356 Sep 2008
Among Christian adherents, the subject of conflict and its proper resolution has been a source of misunderstanding and angst for centuries. New Testament admonitions concerning the proper Christian life have traditionally focused on passivism and have been interpreted broadly by Christendom to require avoidance of all conflict as a virtue. The argument can be made that the acknowledgement of and proper action toward conflict of all types within Christian institutions of higher learning in the past several decades has led to a polarization and identity shift. This phenomenon has been based upon Christian misunderstanding of conflict in general and, specifically, the proper approach of Christendom to conflict and its proper resolution. Christians, necessarily a part of Christian institutions, have treated conflict as something to avoid--an approach that has led to their detriment both individually and corporately. This work seeks to formulate a framework for better understanding of conflict. Equally it seeks to present a proper set of guidelines for Christian adherents within institutions of higher learning to use to correctly understand conflict as a means to further individual Christian growth, both within the environment of secular culture and the corporate culture of the Christian institution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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