Joel Potter longed to have his philosophy students experience a good intellectual defense of the Christian faith.... What could he offer to the students at UAA to help them participate in meaningful discussions and relationships outside the classroom? What if there was something ongoing, he wondered, that would foster thinking and discussion about the Christian faith?
The following are a grab bag of ideas which have been successfully enacted at peer institutions (mostly Big 10 universities, though you will note several others). They are offered here not as equally useful to us or as a finished agenda, but to spark our own creativity and to empower faithful Christian service with our academic community.
Brief, hard-hitting and often brilliant, this treatise by C. John Sommerville (Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and member of the Faculty Ministry Advisory Council) builds the controversial argument that secular universities in America have neglected religion at their peril. (Publishers Weekly) C. John Sommerville's study of the secular university is an excellent choice for reading with fellow Christian faculty.
Faculty Ministry offers a portfolio of resources to assist you in establishing a faculty community on your campus. It includes background materials on the theology and rationale for faculty communities, a bibliography for further reading, and practical resources and examples that have proven successful on a variety of campuses.