JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 2, 2002 – Union University has announced the release of Shaping a Christian Worldview: The Foundations of Christian Higher Education, a collection of essays that address the key issues facing the future of Christian higher education. Published by Broadman and Holman, the book is the first of its kind to address the critical questions of mixing faith with academics and any area of vocation, whether the arts, sciences, education, business or communications – with the contributing authors all from one university.
“This lively volume displays the intellectual energy made possible when faith and reason work with, not against one another,” said Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. “The book is written in a style that makes it accessible to laypersons and scholars alike and is a welcome addition to an ongoing cultural debate.”
Edited by Union President David S. Dockery and Greg Thornbury, director of the Carl F.H. Henry Center at Union, the book is written with the freshman college student in mind.
“The excellent essays in this volume are generally targeted for beginning college students,” said Dockery. “We believe, however, that the book will serve as a healthy guide for faculty members and trustees who serve Christian colleges and universities across the land. We also hope it will provide a stimulus for serious Christian engagement for graduate students and all others interested in Christian education at primary, secondary or post-secondary levels. It’s my wish that it will spur rich conversations in coming days."
Designed for classroom use and discussion as well as individual reading, the university is also hoping to make a discipleship training kit available in the early part of 2003 to assist those churches wanting to use the book in their discipleship training programs. The discipleship training material will include a supplemental study guide to assist leaders in chapter discussions.
The book, which went on store shelves Sept. 1, is available at LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Amazon.com and other major book stores. A book signing will take place Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at LifeWay Christian Bookstore, located on Union’s Jackson campus.
Sara B. Horn,