“Faith, Rebellion, Disbelief: The Bible on American College Campuses,” By Stephen Butler Murray

A few years ago, Alan Wolfe, the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, wrote a provocative opening paragraph for his essay, “Faith and Diversity in American Religion,” which appeared in The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Wolfe states: “One would be hard pressed to find a private college or university in the United States that cannot trace its founding to a religious denomination.  One would be equally hard pressed, at least as far as America’s elite universities are concerned, to find one that would identify faith as central to its current approaches to teaching, research, and student life.  That is to say: No aspect of life is considered so important to Americans outside higher education, yet deemed so unimportant by the majority of those inside, as religion.”

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