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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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An Anglican Theology of Learning

An Anglican Theology of Learning

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A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a resolutely theological account of learning, drawing on resources from the author's own particular ecclesial tradition, a certain kind of Anglicanism. It argues that, for one being formed in this tradition, all learning worthy of the name means being invited as disciples to know God and the fulfilment that God has for God’s creatures. Such learning is inherently a spiritual discipline, in which participation in Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection set the basic dynamics. It is inherently sociable or ecclesial, and involves being drawn into an economy of gift and reception of the kind that constitutes the Body of Christ. And, it inherently takes the form of a interplay between wisdom and delight, in which wisdom seeks the flourishing of all God’s creatures together before God, whilst delight registers the distinctive way of being of each creature called to share in this flourishing.

Keywords:   Christian theology, Anglican theology, reason, learning, discipleship, wisdom

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