Dying Lights

George Marsden


The Dying of the Light by James Burtchaell, C.S.C. (Eerdmans, 1998, 868 pp., $45.00, ISBN 08028-3828-6) achieves a remarkable series of case studies and much insightful analysis of the phenomenon indicated by its subtitle: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from Their Christian Churches . Nonetheless, suggests George Marsden, the book's analysis is inconclusive regarding the crucial variables in the ability if institutions to resist the pressures toward disengagement, and may be unduly fatalistic about the possibilty of success in defying the trend toward secularization. Mr. Marsden is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.


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