Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education

Version: Unabridged
Author: Adam Laats
Narrator: Bob Souer
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Juvenile & Children's
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: August 2018
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Colleges, universities, and seminaries do more than just transfer knowledge to students. They sell themselves as 'experiences' that transform young people in unique ways. The conservative evangelical Protestant network of higher education has been no different. In the twentieth century, when higher education sometimes seemed to focus on sports, science, and social excess, conservative evangelical schools offered a compelling alternative. On their campuses, evangelicals debated what it meant to be a creationist, a Christian, a proper American, all within the bounds of Biblical revelation. Instead of encouraging greater personal freedom and deeper pluralist values, conservative evangelical schools thrived by imposing stricter rules on their students and faculty.

In Fundamentalist U, Adam Laats shows that these colleges have always been more than just schools; they have been vital intellectual citadels in America's culture wars. These unique institutions have defined what it has meant to be an evangelical and have reshaped the landscape of American higher education.

Author Details

Author Details

Laats, Adam

Adam Laats is Professor of Education and History at Binghamton University. He is the author of several books, including The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education, winner of the History of Education Society's Outstanding Book Award in 2016.