This is an extremely illuminating book that will be of great help to our universities and to the LCMS as a whole. At a time when synodical universities are struggling with “Lutheran Identity,” this book serves as a template for faculty, administrators, boards, and students for how that can be achieved and for how that identity can help colleges to be truly excellent at every level.
—Gene Edward Veith, PhD
Professor of Literature
Patrick Henry College
Clearly articulating the Lutheran interaction model for relating faith and learning, this volume is a gift to everyone interested in understanding the Lutheran difference in Christian higher education. Ranging from background theological and historical essays to reflections from scholarly disciplines and administrative and student life perspectives, this text is an up-to-date compendium of the important and distinct dimensions found in Lutheran higher education. Persons interested in understanding the role of the liberal arts in a Christian education for vocation will also find this text particularly helpful. I heartily recommend this anthology to anyone seeking to understand the Lutheran heritage and promise in higher education.
—The Rev. Ernest L. Simmons, PhD
Professor of Religion
Director, The Dovre Center for Faith and Learning
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Author of Lutheran Higher Education: An Introduction
(Augsburg Fortress, 2001)
Impressively comprehensive and theologically articulate, this book turns a spotlight on church-related academic pursuits within the Lutheran (Missouri Synod) tradition. Its thoughtful analysis of Lutheran perspectives and values will enrich the national conversation concerning the place and role of religion in university education.
—Douglas Jacobsen, PhD, and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, EdD
Authors of No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
The essays assembled in this volume provide valuable glimpses into the splendor of Lutheran higher education properly delivered. The reader is invited to immerse himself in the beauty of Lutheran higher education through discussions that engage the interaction of core Lutheran fundamentals and the heart of higher education. This work offers a refreshing explication of the richness that is the Lutheran approach to Christian higher education. The Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach is an essential text for anyone involved or interested in Lutheran higher education.
—The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Philp
Director of Institutional Research and Integrity
The Concordia University System
The effort to transfer Lutheranism’s European Protestant heritage into American culture has not always been easy. This unusually helpful collection of essays explains what Lutheran higher education tries to do, has done, and would like to do—both in maintaining the best of the heritage and serving the needs of the present. The book’s many contributors offer much to ponder for anyone who values the heritage of the Reformation, the cause of Christ in the United States, and the application of specifically Lutheran insights to the practices of higher education.
—Mark A. Noll
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History
University of Notre Dame
Author of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, 2011)
Scott Ashmon and his colleagues are to be commended for their effort. Collectively, they draw upon the Lutheran tradition as an insightful and much needed means of making sense of today’s confusing higher education landscape. Individuals serving in Lutheran contexts should be amongst the first to read, ponder, and act upon what this work offers. However, the model they unfold in their own ways is also of considerable value to individuals serving in contexts nurtured by a wide variety of Christian traditions.
—Todd C. Ream, PhD
Professor of Higher Education
The diverse contributors to this volume succeed in achieving a difficult aim—speaking from a particular tradition in winsome ways that will resonate with and engage the wider academy. Indeed, this book illuminates how and why certain Lutheran-shaped concepts and skills such as vocation, the two kingdoms, and “faith seeking understanding for service” should continue to interact with and influence Christian and even secular higher education. Moreover, I found that the creative insights from authors spanning multiple disciplines, and even the co-curricular arena, added fresh and engaging new ideas regarding how Lutheranism can nourish the university.
—Perry L. Glanzer, PhD
Professor of Educational Foundations
Resident Scholar, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion