Integration of faith and learning

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The integration of faith and learning is a focus of many religious institutions of higher education.[1] The broad concept encompasses the idea that the worldview and faith of the student should be deeply connected to the learning experience. This idea is commonly found in Christian colleges in the United States, and is considered by some to be the essence of Christian higher education.[2]


Higher education in the United States began largely as a Christian endeavor.[3] Nearly all of the colleges founded during the colonial period were founded and supported by the dominant Christian denominations of the time.

Some scholars claim that the current model of American higher education is convoluted because it has worked to separate faith from learning.[4]

  1. ^ Defining the Integration of Faith and Learning
  2. ^ Dockery, David. Integrating Faith & Learning in Higher Education. (Speech). The Research Institute of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Fall Meeting, September 20, 2000. 
  3. ^ David Claerbaut (2004). Faith and Learning on the Edge. 
  4. ^ George Marsden (1994). The Soul of the American University.