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The Decline of the Secular University

C. John Sommerville


The American university has embraced a thorough secularism that makes it increasingly marginal in a society that is characterized by high levels of religious belief. The very secularization that was supposed to be a liberating influence has resulted in the university's failure to provide leadership in political, cultural, social, and even scientific arenas. This book explores several different ways in which the secular university fails in its mission through its trivialization of religion. It notes how little attention is being given to defining the human, so crucial in all aspects of professi ... More

Keywords: America, university, secularism, religion, academic moralizing, science, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. John Sommerville, author
University of Florida (Emeritus)