History, Religion, and American Higher Education: An Unfinished Agenda?---A Review Essay

Henry C. Johnson, Jr.


In The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief George M. Marsden describes the secularization of the American academy and its contemporary outcome: universities that espouse freedom and openness but are closed or hostile to religious perspectives. In this review essay, Henry C. Johnson, Jr., surveys with appreciation Marsden's theses and his evidence while raising some reservations about his focus and his prescriptions. Mr. Johnson is Professor in Educational Theory and Policy at The Pennsylvania State University.

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