Integration, Secularization, and the Two-Spheres View at Religious Colleges: Comparing Baylor University with the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown College

Citation: 
Lyon, Larry and Michael Beaty. “Integration, Secularization, and the Two-Spheres View at Religious Colleges: Comparing Baylor University with the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown College," Christian Scholar’s Review 29, no. 1 (Fall 1999): 73-112.
Abstract: 

Larry Lyon and Michael Beaty conducted surveys at Baylor University, the University of Notre Dame, and Georgetown College (in Kentucky) in order to gauge the extent to which faith and learning at these church-affiliated schools are viewed as separate “spheres” by students, faculty, and administrators. Results of the survey suggest that religious colleges and universities become more secular as their academic reputation increases. Lyon and Beaty conclude that faith and learning will continue as roughly separate spheres unless a viable method of integrating the two can be found. However, recent efforts to strengthen the religious character of Baylor make it unlikely that it or other colleges and universities with strong church affiliations will become fully secularized. (AS)

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