How Christian universities respond to extremism

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Bowie, B. and Revell, L. 2019. How Christian universities respond to extremism. in: There is a Crack in Everything—Education and Religion in a Secular Age Basal, Switzerland MDPI. pp. 88-101
AuthorsBowie, B. and Revell, L.
Abstract

This research article explores how two English universities with Anglican foundations responded to UK government requirements to counter radicalization on campus. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with student union representatives, senior staff in the universities responsible for implementing the legal requirements and also those with special responsibility for religion. Christian foundation education institutions are required to implement government policy in response to visible radical and religious extremism. The UK higher education context is post-Christian (with lower levels of religious adherence) and post-secular (with greater plurality and greater prominence of controversial religious-related issues). It presents challenges for Christian university identity when meeting the complex concerns about dangers to students, university independence and free speech, and common values and public accountability. The research found that key to universities being able to respond effectively to the challenge of legal compliance and student welfare, was staff expertise in religion, but they have doubts about their capacity to respond effectively, and both staff and student have fears about this policy.

KeywordsChristian; University; Radicalization; Post-secular; Secular
Page range88-101
Year2019
Book titleThere is a Crack in Everything—Education and Religion in a Secular Age
PublisherMDPI
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationBasal, Switzerland
ISBN9783039212774
Publication dates
Print26 Nov 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Mar 2020
Official URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/journal/education/special_issues/Education_and_Religion_in_a_Secular_Age
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