Item description for Can Hope Endure?: A Historical Case Study In Christian Higher Education (The Histotical Series of the Reformed Church in America) by James C. Kennedy & Caroline J. Simon...
Overview The spate of books written recently on Christian higher education highlights a common theme - how numerous colleges founded by church bodies have gradually lost their religious moorings, often culminating in what historian George Marsden calls "established nonbelief." Can Hope Endure? examines the history of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, as it has struggled to find a faithful middle way between secularization and withdrawal from mainstream academic and American culture. Authors James Kennedy and Caroline Simon track Hope College's responses to various social and intellectual challenges through careful analysis of school records, newspaper stories, extant histories, and interviews with faculty members and past presidents. Hope's history reveals that the school is exceptional, having followed the predictable trajectory, yet changing course in some ways. Given this unusual history, the story of why and how Hope College moved toward reestablishing the role of religion in its institutional life yields important lessons for other schools facing the same challenges. Neither an attack on Hope College nor the kind of celebratory institutional history that so many schools have authorized, this book is instead a thoughtful, instructive study written by two professors who have witnessed firsthand many of Hope's struggles to retain its identity and purpose. The book's narrative is enriched by the "binocular vision" provided by a professional historian and a professional philosopher, and collaboration has afforded Kennedy and Simon the critical distance necessary to ask hard questions about Hope and, by extension, other institutions like it. Can Hope Endure? will be of real interest not only to readers associated with Hope College but also to those following or participating in the ongoing conversation about Christianity and higher education.
Publishers Description The spade of books written recently on Christian higher education highlights a common theme: how many colleges founded by church bodies have gradually lost their religious moorings, often culminating in what historian George Marsden calls bestablished nonbelief.b "Can Hope Endure? examines the history of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, as it struggles to find a faithful middle way between secularization and withdrawal from mainstream academic and American culture.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America
ISBN 0802828582 ISBN13 9780802828583
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More About James C. Kennedy & Caroline J. Simon
Kennedy is associate professor of history at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and professor of contemporary history at the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
James C. Kennedy was born in 1963 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
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Excellent book Mar 7, 2005
This is a well-written, fascinating study of a small Christian college and the changes it has endured over its 150 year history. The authors sensitively and honestly examine the social and theological changes that have occurred in this Reformed Dutch church institution of higher education. Like most Christian colleges founded in the U.S. in the 1800's (such as many Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist), Hope College struggled with balancing religious faith, social culture, and academic standards. Most Mainline Protestant colleges in America ended up losing their Christian identity in the 20th Century, becoming merely secular Liberal Arts colleges. While heading in that direction in the 1960's, Hope College deliberately returned to its Christian roots in the 1970's. It is now a florishing institution of higher education that blends Christian vitality, educational excellence, ecumenicism, and freedom. As such, Hope College is a model for older Christian colleges who want to return to their religious origins. Highly recommended.