School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Jeffrey D. Ward
Christian, Faith, Integration, Learning, Online, Secularization
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
Norris, John, "A Program for Persistent Integration of Faith and Learning in A Christian University Online Environment" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1067.
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.
Christian Denominations and Sects Commons, Christianity Commons, Curriculum and Social Inquiry Commons, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Higher Education Commons, Higher Education Administration Commons, History of Christianity Commons, Other Education Commons