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By David Lyle Jeffrey, Dominic Manganiello

This unusual number of essays, edited below the path of David Lyle Jeffrey and Dominic Manganiello, emerged from the discussions that surrounded the 1995-1996 McMartin Lectures. devoted to learning the connection and contributions of ancient Christian proposal to the highbrow lifetime of collage disciplines, this sequence of lectures served as an get together for students to reconsider the current challenge within the courting among the ancient identification of the college and the improvement of the trendy university.

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We are entangled with tradition. And tradition, no more than education, is of a piece. Indeed, human life itself, in any complex culture, is an ongoing contestation over the meaning of tradition, including that tradition transmitted through education, and the ways in which we would affirm or challenge that which is given to us in our own particular time and place. One might put it this way: a democratic culture is neither an a la carte menu nor a fixed dinner. No one among us could participate in all the multiple possibilities contemporary life spreads before each human THE POLITICIZATION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES 43 subject.

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7 This sentiment was not generated by intellectual considerations alone. It was also a strong reaction against the dominant role that Christianity had long held in higher education. As late as the time of Newman's university lectures in the mid-nineteenth century, it was still standard practice for universities and colleges to be governed by one Christian denomination or tradition, which controlled the selection of administrators and faculties. In the Anglican universities of Oxford and Cambridge, there were still religious tests for admission of students.

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