Seeing the Light
Religious Colleges in the Twenty-First Century
Johns Hopkins University Press, $50, 336 pp.
More than a decade ago, Fr. James Tunstead Burtchaell’s The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of College and Universities from Their Christian Churches created a stir in higher education. Burtchaell argued that historically religious colleges in the United States had gradually weakened their denominational ties and abandoned any meaningful religious identity and mission. Citing an array of case studies, Burtchaell documented with a kind of sardonic glee the vague and pious...
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