Faith and Secularisation in Religious Colleges and by James Arthur

By James Arthur

This ebook is a certain examine of upper schooling associations affiliated to specific religions. It considers the debates surrounding educational freedom, institutional governance, academic coverage, venture and id including associations’ family with the kingdom and their wider groups. quite a lot of institutions are tested, together with: Christian, Islamic and Jewish universities within the US, Europe and the center East. basically, this quantity questions no matter if such associations should be either spiritual and a ‘university’ and in addition considers the proper function of non secular religion inside faculties and universities.

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It accepts no equal partners in a pluralistic debating forum and essentially denies that there are other valid viewpoints. All three faiths discussed in this book have elements within them that would correspond to this hard definition of fundamentalism, but few of these elements have attempted or been able to found fundamentalist universities. In the Muslim world, some of these conservative forces have acquired political backing, which has resulted in increased government efforts to advance Islam.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem seeks to promote Judaic studies around the world, and has founded the International Centre for University Studies in Jewish Civilization specifically to promote this kind of research and scholarship in Russia. As a result a number of Jewish research institutions have been founded in Eastern Europe assisted by the Fund for Jewish Higher Education. Israel and many within the Jewish Diaspora are interested in forming a broader philosemitic intelligentsia. The practice within the Jewish community of founding religiously affiliated institutions together with establishing Jewish centres and institutes within secular and religious universities has been remarkably successful in promoting Jewish civilisation.

It is the kind of fundamentalism that is extremely harmful to religiously affiliated institutions of higher education because it demands uncritical adherence to a creed and generates a strong desire to suppress all other viewpoints. It enforces conformity and is authoritarian in 28 Religiously affiliated higher education its methods, leading to control and dominance over others. This kind of fundamentalism is inextricably implicated in politics and is really a search for power. It accepts no equal partners in a pluralistic debating forum and essentially denies that there are other valid viewpoints.

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