December 10, 2007

Spirituality in Higher Education: Part 2

By Michael Waggoner

An emerging phenomenon on campuses and in the broader culture, spirituality in higher education reasserts the importance of a holistic understanding of life, one that acknowledges the place of spirit among ways of knowing. At the founding of the universities almost one thousand years ago, the prevailing worldview was grounded in religious ideas. This way of knowing guided the development of knowledge and society well into the 18th century, when the successes of modern science began to challenge the seeming inadequacies of religion's explanations of the physical world. The idea of unlimited progress through the advance of science evolved from the application of scientific discovery to quality of life improvements in health, technology, agriculture, and industry.

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