MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology 8

The Vocation of Knowledge: Higher Education and the Difference Christ Makes

In this AnthologyMark Noll describes why serious Christian learning requires a confidence that the Gospel has broad social and intellectual consequences. Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann explain why the term "Christian humanism" is especially apt in describing the aims of Christian higher education. And James K. A. Smith develops the idea that education is more about formation thaninformation, and that we are formed by our participation in liturgies, whether at church or at the mall. 78 minutes.

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    Mark Noll, about the themes in his essay “Reconsidering Christendom?” included in the book The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue (Brazos Press, 2008). Noll argues that serious Christian higher education requires a conviction that the Gospel has consequences for all aspects of social and cultural experience.
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    Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann, authors of The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (Baker Academic, 2006), discuss the various forms of dualism that hamper serious Christian thought.
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    James K. A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009), explains that the language of “worldview” as used in Christian higher education often obscures the fact that all education involves the formation of the affections, not just the transfer of information.