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A Theology of Higher Education$
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Mike Higton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643929.001.0001

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A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

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In The Idea of a University, Newman defended the idea of an exclusively Catholic university, secured over against secular or religiously plural forces, and his account relies upon a distinction between the natural end of intellectual formation and the religious end of ecclesial formation. The latter, the formation supplied by the Catholic church, curbs, steadies, and supplements the former, but intellectual formation in and of itself is painted in non-theological colours. The intellectual aspect of human being is distinguished too neatly from the whole weave of human life before God, and the relationship between intellectual formation and Christian faith is as a consequence unnecessarily uneasy. In other words, the deepest problem with Newman’s account of university learning is not that it is too theological, but that it is not theological enough.

Keywords:   John Henry Newman, University of Dublin, University of Oxford, Idea of a University, the Noetics, Catholic higher education

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