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Fundamentalist U : keeping the faith in American higher education

Author: Adam Laats
Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adam Laats offers a provocative and definitive new history of conservative evangelical colleges and universities, institutions that have played a decisive role in American politics, culture, and religion. This book looks unflinchingly at the issues that have defined these schools, including their complicated legacy of conservative theology and social activism.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Laats
ISBN: 0190665629 9780190665623
OCLC Number: 994419254
Description: x, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Higher (power) education --
College and Christ --
In the beginning --
A mote in the eye --
"I came to be went with" --
Billy Graham was a transfer student --
What is college for? --
Nightmare on College Avenue --
Is the Bible racist? --
Learn one for the Gipper --
Epilogue: Sandals of the evangelical mind.
Responsibility: Adam Laats.

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