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ERIC Number: EJ870093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Thedocracy: Christian Universities and Muslim Students
Chenoweth, Gregg A.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2009 n2 2009
Few cultural institutions so potently foster free thought and speech, appreciation for others unlike self, and community service as higher education. As such, universities catalyze democracy. One calls them the "Messiah" of that cause. Christian universities in particular, though not designed as political or religiously pluralist entities, assist democracy under theological warrant. This convergence of theology and democracy make Christian campuses a venue in "thedocracy" for moderating social problems. This paper develops the thedocracy construct, then applies it to the politicized strain between Islam and America. Christian schools often fail to contribute either because American Muslims are off their radar, numbering under 1% of the U.S. population, or comity is perceived unnatural to their religious mission. This project analyzed admission policies among all 111 CCCU member institutions and found 16, or 1 in 7, limit enrollment to Christian applicants. Thedocracy is proposed through open admission, socially conservative campus environments, campus evangelism emphasized on free will and human dignity. (Contains 129 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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