1st Edition

The Universities We Need
Theological Perspectives





ISBN 9780367881801
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Increasing numbers of young adults go to university. This book explores contemporary understandings of what universities are for, what impact they might be having on their students, and what visions of life and society are driving them. It criticises a narrow view of higher education which focuses on serving the economy. It argues that, for the sake of the common and individual good, universities need to be about forming citizens and societies as well as being an economic resource. It does so in the light of theological perspectives mainly from the Christian but also from the Muslim faith, and has a global as well as a British perspective. It brings together key thinkers in theology and higher education policy - including Rowan Williams, David Ford, Mike Higton, and Peter Scott - to present a unique perspective on institutions which help shape the lives of millions.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Stephen Heap





Chapter 1: The Needs of the World



Susan Durber





Chapter 2: The Higher Education Policy Framework



Peter Scott





Chapter 3: Education and Citizenship



Rowan Williams





Chapter 4: Education and the Common Good



Suzy Harris





Chapter 5: Education and the Virtues



Mike Higton





Chapter 6: The University as a Place of Public Theology



David Ford





Chapter 7: Insights from Church Foundation Universities



Elizabeth Stuart and Michael Holman





Chapter 8: An Islamic Perspective: What does Islam offer to the Contemporary Debate?



Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor





Chapter 9: The Global Melting Pot of Universities



John Wood





Chapter 10: The Universities we Need



Stephen Heap





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Biography

Stephen Heap is a Baptist minister who spent most of his ministry in University Chaplaincy in London and Bedford, where he was also Director of a Christian education centre. From 2008 to 2014 he was the Church of England’s National Higher Education Adviser. He is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, engaged in theological reflection on what it means to be an Anglican University, and has a consultancy role at the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. He is the author of the Grove Booklet ’What are Universities Good For?’ (2012) and various articles on higher education.