Hurrying toward Zion

Hurrying toward Zion

Universities, Divinity Schools, and American Protestantism
Conrad Cherry
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1995
ISBN: 978-0-253-11466-2
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... I find this a splendid piece of work, which anyone wanting to understand the current scene or think about the future in theological education will need to study." —The Journal of Religion

Cherry’s is a masterful account, weaving together themes of specialization, professionalization, and pluralism to create a fascinating narrative.... This is an important book, and one that ought to be read by anyone interested in theological education." —Anglican and Episcopal History

Conrad Cherry has done it again—that is, written another book on a facet of American culture that is based on extensive research... along with unique interpretative skills and a graceful style....[a] seminal, original, and genuinely historical study whose fresh waters flow into many fields." —Church History

Required reading for anyone concerned with American graduate education in religion, its liberal Protestant origins and its pluralistic future." —Religious Studies Review

... those who do read Cherry can begin to understand divinity schools as seldom before. His pages will offer revelations to those who inhabit and run such schools today, few of whom know much of their own history." —Academe

Cherry has opened an entirely new perspective on religion’s role in American higher education and culture in the twentieth century... This work will be of great value not only to educational historians but also to American religious historians." —History of Education Quarterly

But this book is much more than mere institutional history; it is really an essay in intellectual history—the story of American academic faith—and should be read by many people otherwise unconcerned with divinity school education." —Choice

... excellent... " —Books & Culture

Conrad Cherry has provided a much-needed piece of historical work... deserves thoughtful reading by anyone interested in educational or religious history." —Journal of American History

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Author Bio

CONRAD CHERRY is Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis.

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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: Visions and Strategies of Influence


Chapter 1: Strategies for a System of Education
Chapter 2: Educating to Understand the Other
Chapter 3: Theological and Religious Sciences


Chapter 4: Theory and Practice
Chapter 5: Two Yokes of Responsibility


Chapter 6: Social Class and Social Gospel
Chapter 7: Formation and the Heritage of Revolt


Chapter 8: The Challenge of Social and Cultural Diversity
Chapter 9: The Challenge of the Multiversity

CONCLUSION: The Ambiguities of a Heritage