Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education
Theological, Historical, and Contemporary Reflections
456 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Hardcover | 9780268101268 | January 2017
eBook (PDF) | 9780268101282 | January 2017
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268101299 | January 2017
Over the last two decades, the American academy has engaged in a wide-ranging discourse on faith and learning, religion and higher education, and Christianity and the academy. Eastern Orthodox Christians, however, have rarely participated in these conversations. The contributors to this volume aim to reverse this trend by offering original insights from Orthodox Christian perspectives that contribute to the ongoing discussion about religion, higher education, and faith and learning in the United States. The book is divided into two parts. Essays in the first part explore the historical experiences and theological traditions that inform (and sometimes explain) Orthodox approaches to the topic of religion and higher education—in ways that often set them apart from their Protestant and Roman Catholic counterparts. Those in the second part problematize and reflect on Orthodox thought and practice from diverse disciplinary contexts in contemporary higher education. The contributors to this volume offer provocative insights into philosophical questions about the relevance and application of Orthodox ideas in the religious and secular academy, as well as cross-disciplinary treatments of Orthodoxy as an identity marker, pedagogical framework, and teaching and research subject.
Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides is director of the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College.
Elizabeth H. Prodromou is visiting associate professor of conflict resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
"Seldom have so many scholars representing such a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (even the hard sciences) been brought together to address the important issue of faith and learning through the prism of various aspects of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The fact that all but one of these contributors are themselves Orthodox Christian scholars provides ample proof that most likely representatives of Orthodox Christianity will be active participants in the ongoing debate addressing the crucial question of faith and the academy, or Athens and Jerusalem, to borrow Tertullian's much abused epigrammatic description of the phenomenon. Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education will be useful to the growing number of classes on Eastern Orthodox history and culture taught in American colleges and universities." ~Theofanis G. Stavrou, University of Minnesota
“In all, this book is a successful and welcome beginning to a long-overdue conversation. The multiple voices heard in this text provide rich possibilities for response, critique, and further engagement. In general, I was convinced by the ways that various scholars drew from Orthodox theology and spirituality to address a fuller presence in higher education.” ~Reading Religion
“Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education is neither easy nor comfortable reading, but it is interesting, insightful, scholarly, and helpful. . . . This book will help us all get busy, and to do so with a deeper awareness of the challenges we face and an appreciation for the blessings of serving as Christian scholars in a watching world.” ~International Journal of Christianity & Education
"In the last two to three decades, only a small handful of more-or-less dated books on Orthodox perspectives toward higher education have been published, in contrast to the plethora of works on the topic by Roman Catholics, Reformed, Lutheran, Baptistic, Evangelical, Wesleyan, and various Protestant authors. Thus, the arrival of this book is long overdue." ~Christian Higher Education