Have you heard that the first book on Pietism and Christian higher education is coming in January from IVP Academic? Based on the early reviews from an impressive array of scholars, it sounds kind of great…
Our friends at Bethel University here invite us not only to think about but to feel, imagine, and even desire to actualize a Christian vision of higher education that engages not only heads but also hands and hearts. Herein is a robust call for a Christian university that is concerned about orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and orthopathy, and their interconnections. Evangelical thinking on these matters takes a quantum leap with this volume.
– Amos Yong, author of The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora
…Like the original Pietists who insisted that prayer, Bible study and love of neighbor could be wedded to academic rigor, the contributors to this volume share a vision for education that aims at both hearts and minds. These thoughtful essays, representing many different academic disciplines, will hopefully usher Pietism back into evangelical discussions about faith and learning. They surely will inspire readers to think anew about the realities and ideals of Christ-centered higher education in the current age of ‘spiritual but not religious’ students.
– Douglas Jacobsen & Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, authors of No Longer Invisible: Religion in Higher Education
Channeling the insights of their German and Scandinavian forebears, Christopher Gehrz and his colleagues articulate a fresh understanding of Christian higher education. Emphasizing the religious virtues of humility and love, they show why Pietism’s irenic sensibility is the perfect antidote to today’s culture wars.
– John Schmalzbauer, author of People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education
…The book actually embodies the richness and the distinctiveness of the Pietist tradition’s approach to higher education: first, the humility reflected in the careful, exploratory tone of the individual essays; second, the relational element exhibited in the collective wisdom of the entire group; finally, the impact on the heart as well as the mind, as readers are inspired and motivated to pursue a deeper understanding of their own theological roots.
– Shirley Mullen, president of Houghton College
I’m humbled that people that I admire so much would think so highly of our book. And special thanks to the Jacobsens’ colleague John Fea (author of Why Study History? and Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?) for finding a way to plug this blog in giving his endorsement:
I have been reading Chris Gehrz’s blog “The Pietist Schoolman” for several years and have been cheering him on as he makes a compelling and humble case for the compatibility of Pietism, the intellectual life and Christian higher education. Now Chris has gathered his academic brothers and sisters in the faith to continue the conversation. If you thought that “pietist higher education” was an oxymoron, these essays will force you to think again.