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God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Religious colleges and universities in the United States are growing at a breakneck pace. By the tens and hundreds of thousands, some of America's brightest and most dedicated teenagers are choosing a different kind of college education, one that promises all the rigor of traditional liberal arts schools but also includes religious instruction from the Good Book and a ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 3rd 2006 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published January 6th 2005)
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Kristen
May 26, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Naomi Schaefer Riley visited twenty religious colleges in America, including BYU and SVU and wrote God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America. For one thing, it was refreshing to read about people who actually want to be good. All these colleges have a few things in common: rules about dating and drinking, a tendency against political protest and certainly an interest in how to blend sacred and secular knowledge. Baylor University, in Texas, ...more
Katie
Mar 31, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting book and a good read. The only reason I rated it four instead of five stars is because toward the end it really started to drag, like the author had kind of wandered off the path of the rest of the book. But other than that, it was a really fascinating read and I enjoyed it. I especially appreciated that the author takes each religious group she interacts with seriously on their own terms. There is no snarkiness (a trait found all too often in many current ...more
Becky
Sep 12, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it
Maybe more like 3-1/2. The book had some limitations simply because this was too huge a subject for one person to treat comprehensively; it would be better if it could be some kind of sociological survey/research project with lots of financial backing. Also, I'd have liked to see her do an in-depth look at an evangelical school as she did for the other types of schools (not just dealing with the evangelical schools in her chapters on broader subjects). But for what it is, Riley does a good job. ...more
Michael Rance
Nov 08, 2015 Michael Rance rated it did not like it
You can't construct a thorough and thoughtful analysis on merely anecdotal interviews with random students and occasional quantitative data.

The language is repetitive, at times arbitrary, and often never attached to the premise of her arguments and critiques. It's just, to put it bluntly, bland.

I would not recommend this book to anyone, though I do appreciate the attempts by the author to understand these religious colleges.
Diane
Jul 24, 2008 Diane rated it it was amazing
In this book, a journalist visits religious colleges and universities and reports on her findings. The book provides a fascinating look at a number of educations institutions that I previously knew little about. Her practice of spending considerable time at each college, sitting in on classes, and interviewing students and faculty makes the book both enjoyable and informative.
Zoe
May 27, 2007 Zoe rated it really liked it
Interesting look at religious colleges/universities. I appreciated the author's approach but her writing seemed almost too informal at times. Solid, engaging material and worth reading.
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