Author(s)

John NorrisFollow

Date

10-2015

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Jeffrey D. Ward

Keywords

Christian, Faith, Integration, Learning, Online, Secularization

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History of Christianity | Other Education | Religion

Abstract

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia has expanded since 1971 to become the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty will be used in this paper as a contemporary example of a Christian university that has maintained its Christian commitment. Liberty will be contrasted with numerous Christian colleges and universities that had similar missions but have eventually lost their religious affiliations and their Christian-oriented focus. This paper will explore how and why other universities have drifted from their original religious affiliations and doctrines. The reasons and processes will be examined and used to develop a program for online Christian education that minimizes the risk of a drift toward secularism, establishes a method for integrating faith and learning in an online environment, and encourages students to develop a life-long commitment to their Christian university.