Item description for Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness, The: A Guide for Students by Donald Opitz & Derek Melleby...
Overview Should be read by Christian students going to college and studied in campus fellowship groups. Provides clear and accessible guidelines as to how to relate one's faith to academics.
Publishers Description Most Christian college students separate their academic life from church attendance, Bible study, and prayer. Too often discipleship of the mind is overlooked if not ignored altogether. However, authors Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby issue a clarion call to students to integrate their faith and learning in "The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness." Written for a narrative generation, this guide extracts illustrations from the Book of Daniel, "The Lord of the Rings," the experiences of real students, and more. This book is an excellent gift for college-bound seniors in high school. It's an essential text for first-year college students, too. "The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness" will also benefit professors, pastors, and parents.
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Studio: Brazos Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 1587432102 ISBN13 9781587432101
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Opitz & Derek Melleby
Donald Opitz (PhD, Boston University) is college pastor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He previously served as professor of sociology and higher education at Geneva College. He is the author of numerous articles and has worked as a pastor. Derek Melleby is the executive director of OneLife Institute, a ministry that provides gap year programs for students focused on discipleship, travel, and service. Prior to joining OneLife, he was on staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, where he spoke across the country on college transition. Melleby is also the author of Make College Count: A Faithful Guide to Life and Learning. He lives in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness, The: A Guide for Students?
high-beams on Dec 31, 2007
This book turned on the high-beams in my faith journey through life. It gave much greater clarity and insight to long standing struggles with relating and applying my faith to my work - to my learning - to my parenting - to my interests. While I had previously recognized and framed these challenges in a dim light, the authors explain in vivid manner an effective means of understanding how my faith can be made relevant - how it can make a real difference - in this world and in this American culture. Having read this book, I've become charged up for bringing glory to Jesus in every facet of my life!
Outrageous! Aug 16, 2007
The idea that the Christian faith and academic endeavors should be allies and not enemies is an outrageous idea to many Christians and non-Christians alike. It should not be.
Secularists want to banish faith from the public square. Unfortunately, and unbiblically, many Christians do too--by retreating into a cave where personal and private piety prevails--coupled with a stealth-like strategy of laying low when outside of the cave. Or, some Christians go too far the other way, hoping to transform society primarily through excessively antagonistic actions and political means.
Both the retreat or attack approaches fail.
Authors Opitz and Melleby have the audacity to believe that faith in Christ informs all of life, including the life of the mind, and that such a confession needs to be worked out gracefully and truthfully in the day-to-day experiences of college students both in the classroom and outside of it.
Many recent surveys demonstrate that teenagers raised in the church don't bring their faith to the college campus. Instead, they leave it at home like some discarded item from their youth, such as a toy or doll that they would be ashamed to show their peers.
This book is accessible and understandable to teenagers without being too heady or too simplistic. It is sufficiently grown-up to help young people envision a life of faith ahead of them (and) not just as some relic from their past that they might dig out of their parents' attic when they hit 30 or so, get married, and have kids of their own.
Hopefully, many copies of this book will be in the hands of future college students, and after being read, be in their minds, hearts, and actions, on the college campus and beyond.