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Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education

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.

Robert Benne

Robert Benne is Director of the Roanoke College Center forReligion and Society and Jordan-Trexler Professor ofReligion Emeritus at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. Hisbooks include Reasonable Ethics: A Christian Approachto Social, Economic, and Political Concerns andQuality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges andUniversities Keep Faith with Their ReligiousTraditions. For more information on Benne, visit

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