The Future of University Education

ESN partner Mars Hill Audio has just released a new audiobook, The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education by Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann.

Here’s a quick description from MHA’s website:

Higher education long ago distanced itself from its originating Christocentric purposes. But today, the condition of Western universities is even more disordered. Institutions of higher education lack any common vision of what is true and what is good for human flourishing. The postmodern university is not only post-Christian, it is post-humanist, and for the same reasons. Humanism, after all, is the product of a culture that believed in the Incarnation.

In their book The Passionate Intellect, Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann argue that the Incarnation is after all the only reliable foundation on which to build a properly humanistic education. “Christians are supposed to be the paradigm for a new humanity founded by Christ and inaugurated by his resurrection from the dead, a decisive event signaling the reconciliation of humanity to God and anticipating the full redemption of God’s creation.” [emphasis added]

Hmm, where else have I recently seen the term “human flourishing?” This book looks very intriguing, and I encourage you to check it out. (And, if you’d like to contribute a review to the blog after you do, just let me know.)

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Micheal Hickerson

The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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One Comment

    sergey commented on March 11, 2009 Reply

    Education is supposed to be the pinnacle for enlightening the mind to the truth and answers to the world. However, Education values money rather human therefore we do not seek out empathetic and truth seeking proffessor who will proffess the honest truth.
    Due to the lack of truth in education, thinking has came out of the picture. Students only want to memorize information and not understand where that knowledge wants to lead people. the anti-christ aproach to education disillusions the mind. Education is a tool for the Devil to disturb the truth by instilling the ideals of more then one truth and idolize opinion rather then understanding of the world. It is so bad I have now started to investigate the knowledge, under the guidance of God, to answer those questions of politics, Philosophy, Phsycology etc.
    Jesus wants people to think for themsleves and seek out the truth but the Devil instilled open-mindedness and liberalism in education to inhibit our ability to think. If we think, that threatens the Devil’s schemes to continue his plan of brainwashing mankind.
    I go out and investigate those questions and read scripture to better understand the material I am learning. Sadly, people desire to only take tests and not actually analyze the information with critical keenness. We are atuned to not seek out the answers so we can’t know the truth.

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