We’re happy to announce that The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons is now available from InterVarsity Press’s IVP Academic imprint. The first book on Pietism and education, it’s edited by our own Chris Gehrz, features contributions from other current or former Bethel faculty, and it is dedicated to history and political science professor emeritus G.W. Carlson.
The book has received excellent advance notices, including this endorsement from Rhonda and Douglas Jacobsen, authors of Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation and No Longer Invisible: Religion in Higher Education:
When Pietism was born as a religious movement in the seventeenth century it was as closely related to the university as it was to the church. Like the original Pietists who insisted that prayer, Bible study and love of neighbor could be wedded to academic rigor, the contributors to this volume share a vision for education that aims at both hearts and minds. These thoughtful essays, representing many different academic disciplines, will hopefully usher Pietism back into evangelical discussions about faith and learning. They surely will inspire readers to think anew about the realities and ideals of Christ-centered higher education in the current age of ‘spiritual but not religious’ students.
Chris has written extensively about the book and its themes at his blog, including a four-part series last week telling the story of the book, why it seeks to be “Pietist not just in content but tone,” and explaining why conversion and community are central to such an educational vision.
(And if you want to learn more about Pietism itself, check out Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition, also out this week. It’s written by two of the contributors to Chris’ book: former Bethel theologian Roger Olson and current BTS chair Christian Collins Winn.)