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HIGHER HIGHER EDUCATION: Integrating Holiness into All of Campus Life
'Holiness and the University'
By R. David Rightmire on June 6, 2015
This book offers a unique vision of the purpose of Christian liberal arts education, i.e., the integration of matters of the 'head, heart, and life,' in a process of transformation along the continuum of John Wesley's 'way of salvation.' The author challenges the reader to consider the role of the means of grace at work in the academic community, and provides practical models for students, faculty, and staff to meaningfully engage each other in order to integrate personal and social holiness into all of campus life. This is an insightful assessment of the state of Christian higher education, and of particular value for those Wesleyan-holiness institutions who need reminding of the importance of their theological heritage as it relates to 'ultimate student outcomes.'
Integration or Permeation?
By Ted Moon on July 16, 2015
A book that looks beyond curriculum, student retention, faculty-student ratios, scholarships and accreditation. Dr. Raymond points the reader to a higher (or highest) purpose of education with clarity. If salvation came through education, the millennium would have been ushered in long ago. But Raymond suggests there is something more, especially in Christian education. Something more than chapels, revivals and prayer before class. As administrators hire faculty, he suggests it is incumbent to not only look at faculty credentials but to see if a Christian worldview permeates the person's life. Are disciplines taught in such a way as to lead students to see God's truth? Do professors involve themselves in the lives of students? It is easy to impress students at a distance but the goal of Christian faculty should be to impact students up close. Raymond challenges Christian institutions to involve not just faculty but cafeteria workers, physical plant employees and maintenance personnel to be involved in impacted students for Christ. As Raymond points out, however, this does not happen without the administration having a vision that this is a process that they need to implement so that students "know Him and make Him known." This book offers numerous insights on how this may be accomplished. I highly commend its reading and rereading so that the information results in the transformation our Christian institutions in the image of Christ.
Review of Higher Higher Education: Integrating Holiness into All of Campus Life
By Roger J. Green on June 18, 2015
Dr. Jonathan S. Raymond is uniquely qualified to write this book. He brings to this project a wealth of experience in both teaching and administration. Likewise, that experience has been worked out in large universities and small colleges, in secular settings and in colleges that identify themselves as Christian and sometimes as Christian in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. With that background the author well constructs the history of higher education in the United States and places Wesleyan-Holiness institutions into that story. This book is an apologetic for the Wesleyan-Holiness vision of education, which is built upon Wesley’s message of holiness of heart and life. Therefore, education for the whole person is the framework for the central thesis of this book, and interestingly enough, a framework that is being discussed today in Christian higher education generally. Higher Higher Education provides an invaluable resource for that discussion, and assures the reader that higher education in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition has much to contribute to the conversation. All Christians committed to the value and the vision of Christian higher education will profit from reading this book.
Holiness and Higher Education
By William W. Francis on June 11, 2015
Jonathan Raymond presents a thorough and compelling examination of the relationship of holiness and higher education in this groundbreaking book The Higher in Higher Education. Having served as a trustee on three university boards, as well as in an advisory capacity to the presidents of two other campuses in the USA and Canada, I am convinced that this is the vital question for Christian Higher Education in the 21st Century. The author provides autobiographical insight into his personal journey, providing depth, perspective and credibility to his conclusions and recommendations. I highly recommend this exceptional assessment based on thorough research and extensive experience. College and university boards, presidents, faculty and staff, as well as parents and students alike will benefit from reading this book.