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“Lest we become beasts who devour each other”: A Lutheran Calling to Higher Education in Multi-Religious Settings

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Lagerquist argues that in view of growing American religious diversity and awareness of religious diversity worldwide, Lutheran theology provides warrants for revising educational practice at Lutheran colleges to better serve the students and in the hope of a transformation of church and theology. American Lutheran colleges and universities are suited to this task by their theological heritage, by their educational experience, and by their place within the ecology of their churches.
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Keywords: Martin Luther; St. Olaf College; higher education; religious diversity; vocation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: L. DeAne Lagerquist joined the St. Olaf College religion department in 1988 where her teaching includes “Reading the Bible around the World,”“Jesus on the India Road,” and “Lutheran Heritage.” The author of From Our Mothers’ Arms: A History of Women in the American Lutheran Church and The Lutherans, Lagerquist is at work on a jointly authored introduction to world Lutheranism.

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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