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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Christian Higher Education in Europe: A Historical Overview
Author(s): Bebbington, David William
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Issue Date: Jan-2011
Date Deposited: 13-Mar-2013
Citation: Bebbington DW (2011) Christian Higher Education in Europe: A Historical Overview. Christian Higher Education, 10 (1), pp. 10-24.
Abstract: The history of Christian higher education in Europe may be analyzed in terms of seven eras. From their medieval origins in scholasticism and the practical needs of students and rulers, universities passed through Renaissance humanism to a period of decay, yet remained substantially Christian in intent. The Enlightenment exercised a partially secularizing influence, and the neohumanist reaction against it also tended to dilute the faith. The recent era of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been associated with the rise of postmodernism and the involvement of the state in the quest for relevance. A Christian response to contemporary circumstances is to engage with the cultural currents of the present day and, in drawing on the thought of John Henry Newman and Sir Walter Moberly, to ensure the integration of Christianity into higher education so that discussion of ultimate questions is informed by the Christian faith.
DOI Link: 10.1080/15363750903526969
Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Christian Higher Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2011, pp.10-24, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:

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