Title: Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education
Author: David S. Dockery
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
Publishing Date: October 1, 2007
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
ISBN 10-digit:
ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-8054-44957
Retail Price: $19.99
Table of Contents: see below

Intro: n/a; foreward by Robert P. George
Sample Chapter: n/a

Table of Contents:

Foreward by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
Chapter 1: Loving God with Our Minds
Chapter 2: Renewing Minds, Serving Church and Society
Chapter 3: Shaping a Christian Worldview
Chapter 4: Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition
Chapter 5: Integrating Faith and Learning
Chapter 6: Envisioning a Shared Community of Tradition, Belonging, and Renewed Minds
Chapter 7: Establishing a Grace-Filled Academic Community
Chapter 8: Developing a Theology for Christian Higher Education
Chapter 9: Thinking Globally About the Future
Addendum: A Bibliography for Faith and Learning

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Other books by David S. Dockery:

The People of God: Essays on the Believer’s Church (with Paul Basden) (1991)
Holman Bible Handbook (1992)
Seeing the Kingdom: The Sermon on the Mount Made Practical for Today (with David Garland) (1992)
Beyond the Impasse?: Scripture, Interpretation, & Theology in Baptist Life (with Robinson James) (1992)
Southern Baptists & American Evangelicals: The Conversation Continues (1994)
Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority, and Interpretation (1995)
New Dimensions in Evangelical Thought: Essays in Honor of Millard J. Erickson (editor) (1998)
The Future of Christian Higher Education (with David Gushee) (1999)
Foundations for Biblical Interpretation: A Complete Library of Tools and Resources (with Kenneth Matthews and Robert Sloan) (1999)
The Best of A.T. Robertson (with Timothy George and Denise George) (2000)
Biblical Interpretation Then and Now: Contemporary Hermeneutics in the Light of the Early Church (2000)
A Challenge to Postmodernism: An Evangelical Engagement, 2nd Edition (2001)
Theologians of the Baptist Tradition (with Timothy George) (2001)
Interpreting the New Testament: Essays on Methods and Issues (with David Alan Black) (2001)
Shaping a Christian Worldview: The foundation of Christian Higher Education (with Gregory Alan Thornbury) (2002)
The Holman Guide to Interpreting the Bible (with George Guthrie) (2004)

Initial Thoughts:

Having already written two influential books on Christian higher education (1999 and 2002), Dr. David Dockery has chartered a new chapter in excellence in Christian education. Heirs of a great evangelical tradition of learning, Dockery revisits the legacy of faith-integrated learning matched only by a fresh, pioneering spirit for equipping God’s people through Christian higher education. Having the privilege of knowing Dockery, I have come to realize that this book is not born out of theological abstraction or fanciful ideas; rather, this is a distillery of truth made practical and already proven through the intellectual renaissance at Union University which seeks to change the culture and edify the Church. While the list of endorsements are weighty and the expectations are high, there is no reason to believe that Dockery’s third release on Christian education, Renewing Minds, will not only have an enduring impact in academia but also serve as an impetus for increased theological acumen as Christians young and old embark on the glorious pursuit of loving God with all their minds–a pursuit that finds the footprints of Christian men and women who have changed the world.


“Visionary and magisterial, Dockery’s big-picture manifesto vividly blocks in the demanding standards, proper cultural contextualizing, and strategic global significance of thoroughgoing Christian higher education today. The Bible-anchored argumentation convinces the head, and the writer’s zeal warms the heart. This is in every way a landmark book!”
J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“RENEWING MINDS is a robust and thoughtful defense of the necessity and ideals of Christian higher education, coupled with a shrewd and wise assessment of the challenges and strategies of the future.”
Alister E. McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University

“There’s no greater need for the church than to equip the coming generation of Christians to engage the postmodern culture. My friend David Dockery has given us an excellent resource for that effort. His new book challenges the academy to make biblical worldview the foundation for not only renewing minds but also developing character. This is a timely and valuable resource.”
Charles W. Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

“David Dockery once again demonstrates why he is one of the leading visionaries in Christian higher education. I can foresee Renewing Minds as the standard for faculty and administrators in Christian colleges and universities in the years ahead. This volume could not be more timely as it assesses the current state well but, with visionary acumen, looks to the future with keen strategic thinking.”
Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

“David Dockery continues to define the essential features of Christ-centered education in ways that makes us want to stand up and cheer. At a time when pragmatism seems to rule, Dockery exhorts us to keep moving ahead with our eyes on the horizon. This work will certainly become the standard for explaining the vision for all of us in Christ-centered education.”
Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University

“David Dockery is a rare combination of serious scholar, experienced academic leader, and Christian intellectual. IN RENEWING MINDS he combines these roles and sets out a bold agenda for Christian higher education. This is an important and timely book that will challenge Christians to recover an authentically Christian vision of education, intellect, and learning.”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


David S. Dockery is President of Union University, SBC statesman, first-rate scholar, and die-hard Alabama fan. For more information about Dockery, go here, and to read my interview from earlier this year, go here.