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The 1980s: Christianity Challenges the University


In the 1980s, groups of UW faculty presented public lectures in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, in dialogue with the University from a Christian perspective. One of these was eventually published in book form as Christianity Challenges the University (InterVarsity Press, 1981). The contributors included Wayne Becker (now emeritus, Botany), Dave Richardson (Economics; since 1991 at Syracuse University; web site), Archie MacKinney (now emeritus, Hematology), Keith Schoville (now emeritus, Hebrew and Semitic Studies), and Peter Wilkes (formerly in what is now Nuclear Engineering; Peter went on to become a pastor at Elmbrook Church, and most recently in the San Jose Area). These talks, and a subsequent set of talks entitled the “I Dissent” series, serve as a model for ways in which Christian faculty can engage the ideas and structures of the university today.

Wilkes, Peter, ed. Christianity Challenges the University. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Reproduced by permission of InterVarsity Press, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the authors. Questions about reproducing this material should be directed to the Webmaster.

The entire book as a PDF (digitized to allow text searching): PDF (4.4 Mb)
Individual chapters (PDFs):
Front matter (60 Kb) / Ch. 1: Introduction (P. Wilkes; 0.2 Mb)
Ch. 2: The Christian Worldview (P. Wilkes; 0.7 Mb)
Ch. 3: Man - Naked Ape and Nothing More? (W. Becker; 0.7 Mb)
Ch. 4: Christian Doubts about Economic Dogmas (D. Richardson; 0.4 Mb)
Ch. 5: The Reliability of the Scriptural Documents (K. Schoville; 0.5 Mb)
Ch. 6: Christianity, Modern Medicine, and the Whole Person (A. MacKinney; 0.5 Mb)
Ch. 7: Conclusions (P. Wilkes, 0.2 Mb) / Contributors (52 Kb)

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Ch. 3: Man - Naked Ape and Nothing More? (W. Becker)

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