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The Christian Academic in Higher Education

The Consecration of Learning

  • Offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis of academic scholarship and teaching in the light of a Christian vocation

  • Addresses both the inner life and workplace responsibilities of academics

  • Focuses on the individual academic and how Christian faith might shape his or her work


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. John Sullivan
    Pages 1-14
  3. Entering the Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. John Sullivan
      Pages 17-50
    3. John Sullivan
      Pages 51-79
  4. Intellectual Life and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. John Sullivan
      Pages 83-109
    3. John Sullivan
      Pages 111-141
    4. John Sullivan
      Pages 143-166
    5. John Sullivan
      Pages 167-194
  5. Teachers and Students

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. John Sullivan
      Pages 197-220
    3. John Sullivan
      Pages 221-248
    4. John Sullivan
      Pages 249-279
    5. John Sullivan
      Pages 303-324
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 325-335

About this book


This book offers a Christian engagement with the realities of academic life and work. Examining this topic from intellectual, institutional and spiritual perspectives, the author explores how the two identities – as a Christian and an academic – can both coexist and complement one another. The author provides a ‘road map’ for academics demonstrating the interaction between religious faith and the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of university scholarship and teaching. Addressing questions such as the contentious nature of religious faith in the university environment, the expression of faith within the role of professor, and the consequences of consecrating oneself to learning, this pioneering and practical volume will be relevant to Christian scholars in any academic discipline.


Christianity and education Christian academics Catholic academica Religion and higher education Christian higher education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Theology, Philosophy & Religious StudiesLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

About the authors

John Sullivan is Professor Emeritus at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and Visiting Professor at Newman University, UK. He has taught in schools, universities and for the church, and has published widely on the connections between the connections between theology and education; mission and practice; and faith and culture.

Bibliographic information


“This book is a veritable treasure-chest for the teacher who wants to learn more about learning and teaching. … John Sullivan’s book is, like the middle-aged judge in Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, ‘full of wise saws and modern instances.’ … I heartily recommend this book to all teachers who aspire to be consecrated to learning.” (John Shortt, International Journal of Christianity & Education, Vol. 22 (03), November, 2018)