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Spring 2008 · Vol. 37 No. 1 · pp. 138–142 

Recommended Reading

Learning and Faith: A Select Classified Bibliography

Vic Froese

The literature on faith, learning, and higher education is vast, so the following is certainly not an exhaustive bibliography. It includes, with a few exceptions, Protestant works on the significance of scholarly study for Christian faith (and vice versa), as well as investigations into the role of academic institutions in promoting—or, in some cases, failing to promote—higher learning as an appropriate Christian vocation and field of engagement. While only a few entries date back farther than the 1980s, several discuss the longer history of Christian views of learning. Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann’s fine recent book, The Passionate Intellect, is one of these. Its bibliography should be consulted for works on the roots of the university in medieval Christendom.


Benne, Robert. Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.

Burtchaell, James Tunstead. The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from Their Christian Churches. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Cuninggim, Merrimon. Uneasy Partners: The College and the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994.

Marsden, George. The Soul of the American University. New York: Oxford, 1994.

Springsted, Eric O. Who Will Make Us Wise? How the Churches Are Failing Higher Education. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1988.

Wilkens, Steve, et al., eds. Christian College, Christian Calling: Higher Education in the Service of the Church. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2005.


Astley, Jeff, et al., eds. The Idea of a Christian University: Essays in Theology and Higher Education. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2004.

Dockery, David S. and David P. Gushee, eds. The Future of Christian Higher Education. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999.

Gill, David W., ed. Should God Get Tenure? Essays on Religion and Higher Education. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1997.

Hodgson, Peter C. God’s Wisdom: Toward a Theology of Education. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.

Holmes, Arthur. The Idea of a Christian College. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1975.

Hughes, Richard T., and William B. Adrian, eds. Models for Christian Higher Education: Strategies for Survival and Success in the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997.

Mannoia, V. James, Jr. Christian Liberal Arts: An Education That Goes Beyond. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.

Miller, Michael R., ed. Doing More With Life: Connecting Christian Higher Education to a Call to Service. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007.

Moore, Steve, ed. The University Through the Eyes of Faith. Indianapolis: Light and Life, 1998.

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, reprint 1982.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Idea of the University: A Reexamination. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.

Poe, Harry Lee. Christianity in the Academy: Teaching at the Intersection of Faith and Learning. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.


Diekema, Anthony J. Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.

Henry, Douglas V., and Bob R. Agee, eds. Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.

Henry, Douglas V., and Michael D. Beaty, eds. Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

Jacobsen, Douglas, and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen. Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Marsden, George M. The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Schwehn, Mark R. Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America. New York: Oxford, 1993.


Blamires, Harry. The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? New York: Seabury Press, 1963.

Carmody, Denise Lardner. Organizing a Christian Mind: A Theology of Higher Education. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996.

Gill, David W. The Opening of the Christian Mind. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1989.

Harris, Robert A. The Integration of Faith and Learning: A Worldview Approach. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2004.

Heie, Harold and David Wolfe, eds. The Reality of Christian Learning: Strategies for Faith-Learning Integration. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987.

Holmes, Arthur F. All Truth is God’s Truth. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1977.

———. Contours of a Worldview. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1983.

———. The Making of a Christian Mind: A Christian World View and the Academic Enterprise. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985.

Hughes, Richard T. How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.

Moreland, J. P. Love Your God with All Your Mind. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1997.

Noll, Mark A. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994.

Sire, James W. Discipleship of the Mind: Learning to Love God in the Ways We Think. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990.

———. The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, revised, 1997.

Stott, John R.W. Your Mind Matters. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1972.

Walsh, Brian J. and J. Richard Middleton. The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1984.


Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

Caplovitz, David, and Fred Sherrow. The Religious Drop-outs: Apostasy Among College Graduates. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1977.

Griffiths, Paul J. The Vice of Curiosity: An Essay on Intellectual Appetite. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2006.

Hauerwas, Stanley. The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.

Levine, Arthur. When Dreams and Heroes Died: A Portrait of Today’s College Student. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1980.

Malik, Charles Habib. A Christian Critique of the University. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1982.

Pocklington, Tom, and Allan Tupper. No Place to Learn: Why Universities Aren’t Working. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002.

Sommerville, John. The Decline of the Secular University. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Willimon, William H., and Thomas H. Naylor. The Abandoned Generation: Rethinking Higher Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995.


Budziszewski, J. How to Stay Christian in College: An Interactive Guide to Keeping the Faith. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1999.

Campolo, Anthony, and William H. Willimon. The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus: How to Be Students and Disciples at the Same Time. West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing, 2002.

Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior During the University Years. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Klassen, Norman, and Jens Zimmermann. The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

Nye, Abby. Fish Out of Water: Surviving and Thriving as a Christian on a Secular Campus. Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press, 2005.

Opitz, Donald, and Derek Melleby. The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness: A Guide for Students. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007.


Huebner, Harry, ed. Mennonite Education in a Post-Christian World: Essays Presented at the Consultation on Higher Education, Winnipeg, June 1997. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 1998.

Klaassen, Walter. The University: The Temple of Intellect Past and Present. Waterloo, ON: Conrad Grebel College, 1981.

Mennonite Education Agency. Higher Learning and the Wisdom of the Cross: Mennonite University Faculty Conference Presentations. Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio: August 8-10, 2006.

Mennonite Higher Education: Experience and Vision, and Ken Hawkley. Mennonite Higher Education: Experience and Vision: a Symposium on Mennonite Higher Education Sponsored by the Council on Higher Education of the General Conference Mennonite Church, June 26-28, 1992, Bluffton College, Marbeck Center. Bluffton, OH: Bluffton College, 1992.

Miller, Keith Graber, ed. Teaching to Transform: Perspectives on Mennonite Higher Education. Goshen, IN: Pinchpenny Press, 2000.

Shenk, Sara Wenger. Anabaptist Ways of Knowing: A Conversation About Tradition-Based Critical Education. Telford, PA: Cascadia Pub. House, 2003.

Thiessen, John Elmer. In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges. Montreal & Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.

Toews, Paul, ed. Mennonite Idealism and Higher Education: The Story of the Fresno Pacific College Idea. Fresno, CA: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1995.

See also the Fall 2007 issue of Direction, which includes a number of essays on Christian higher education.

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