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The Secular CitySecularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective$
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Harvey Cox

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158853

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158853.001.0001

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The Church and the Secular University

The Church and the Secular University

(p.257) Chapter 10 The Church and the Secular University
The Secular City

Harvey Cox

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies the secularization of the university. The university, like the culture it influences and is influenced by, has become a secular institution, a center of clashing ideas, enormous dangers, and fantastic possibilities. Its dechristianization is not yet complete, and there is always a possibility that it will relapse into one or another orthodox world-view, but the process is gaining on all fronts. Some Christians believe it is the task of the church to wage total war against this process of secularization. From its inception, the university has been a kind of problem child for the church. Try as it would to use the university as an instrumentality for producing a leadership elite faithful to its philosophies and theologies, the church never succeeded very well.

Keywords:   secularization, university, secular institution, dechristianization, Christians, church

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