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ERIC Number: EJ907838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Decadence, Scorn, and the Decline of Christian Practice on Campus
French, David
Academic Questions, v23 n2 p235-245 Jun 2010
Religious practice dramatically decreases in college and students' positions on hot-button religious/cultural questions move appreciably to the left. There's no doubt that college students are on a quest for meaning. In this article, the author reports on new data that reveals unequivocally the decline of religious practice among college students. He attributes this to the rampant hedonism of collegiate life today, as well as to the ridicule and condescension heaped on religious organizations, especially of the evangelical variety. A Supreme Court decision is pending as to whether such groups have the right to set standards of behavior for their members or must be open to everyone on campus, as is being demanded, something which would of course destroy their efficacy. After spending ten years of his professional life immersed in the campus culture wars, most often on behalf of religious students, the author has concluded that the presence of these peer groups is in fact the single most important factor in maintaining a faith presence on campus. It is the very presence of these groups on campus that is at stake in the case of "Christian Legal Society v. Martinez," and a loss there could reshape the campus for generations. (Contains 22 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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