This volume has its origins in the international symposium The Idea of a Christian University held at Institutul Teologic Penticostal from Bucharest, Romania, during 23–24 May 2013. The event gathered together theologians and educators from around European and got them engaged in an exploration of the meaning and method of higher education as seen in relation to Christian faith and within the practice of Christian communities. The papers given at the conference are reproduced here in the hope that the insights they offer will prompt further reflection on the place and necessity of Christian higher education with in the contemporary society.
Contemporary European higher education is in a state of turmoil – turmoil caused by such issues as market-driven mentalities, continuous under-funding, declining educational standards, over-worked teaching personnel and unmotivated students; and all these in spite of the sweeping educational reforms that have been implemented in Europe within the past two decades. The papers collected in this volume, however, offer and alternative vision of higher education – a vision that is theologically informed and Christian in its ethos. This vision will appeal to anyone interested to engage the challenges of our educational systems and make ethically suitable use of the opportunities arising due to technological and societal developments.