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Theology, Ethics and the Nineteenth-century American College Ideal

Conserving a Rational World

By (author) Thomas Edward Frank
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773422080
ISBN-13: 9780773422087
Barcode No: 9780773422087
This study argues that some of the best-known religious and educational figures of the period from 1880 to 1920 were deeply conservative of an older 19th-century synthesis composed of three major elements of certainty: the dependability and comprehensibility of the laws of nature, the universality of moral principles, and the supremacy of Christianity. It also brings back into scholarly scrutiny the works of three college presidents, William DeWitt Hyde, Henry Churchill King, and William Jewett Tucker, who where interpreters of contemporary issues in theology and education. Lastly, the text challenges typical assumptions in the history of higher education that the Progressive era was the age of universities. The three presidents insisted that colleges were distinctive in their capacity not just to teach students new information but to mold character, a conviction that was inherited from previous generations and continues to sway some educators today.

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