Keeping the Faith in Christian Higher Education

A History of Roanoke College

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Robert D. Benne
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , August
     302 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Todd Ream forthcoming.


Many colleges with historical church ties experience significant tension between the desire to compete in the secularized world of higher education and the desire to remain connected to their religious commitments and communities. In this history of one such school, Roanoke College, Robert Benne not only explores the school's 175-year tradition of educational excellence but also lays bare its complicated and ongoing relationship with its religious heritage.

Benne examines the vision of ten of Roanoke's presidents and how those visions played out in college life. As he tells the college's story, Benne points to specific strengths and weaknesses of Roanoke's strategies for keeping the soul in higher education and elaborates what other Christian colleges can learn from Roanoke's long quest.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Robert Benne is Jordan Trexler professor emeritus at Roanoke College and founder of the Benne Center for Religion and Society. His other books include Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics and Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions.

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