Labor's Millennium: Christianity, Industrial Education, and by Brett H. Smith

By Brett H. Smith

Historians have normally interpreted the yank land-grant higher-education move because the results of political and fiscal forces. Little recognition has been given, even if, to any specific or implicit theological motivations for the move. This publication tells the tale of the way the Christian trust of many founders of the college of Illinois inspired their academic conception and perform. developing a social gospel of labor's millennium (their shorthand for God's nation being superior via agricultural and mechanical education), they at the beginning proposed that the college might impart a millenarian blessing for the bigger society by means of offering considerable foodstuff, financial prosperity, vocational dignity, and a charitable spirit of sacred cohesion and public provider. wealthy in primary-source examine, Smith's account builds a compelling case for a minimum of one such institution's edition of an inherited evangelical academic culture, transitioning right into a new period of upper studying that has left its mark on college lifestyles today.

"This is a vital source for historians of upper schooling, faith on collage campuses, the farmer-labor circulate, and the Social Gospel. The bibilography by myself is definitely worth the expense of the book."
--Betty A. DeBerg, collage of Northern Iowa

"Religious motivations have been on the middle of the growth of upper schooling within the usa. Brett Smith, utilizing the college of Illinois as a case learn, tells the attention-grabbing tale of the non secular commitments, conflicts, and associations that have been on the center of the founding of 'state faculties' of upper schooling. In state-of-the-art extra conflicted period, we too frequently omit how deeply faith has been on the middle of the efforts to extend chance, develop academic entry, and form public existence in hopeful and therapeutic styles. due to Dr. Smith for reminding us of this heritage."
--Jack L. Seymour
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

"In an age the place retreaded ancient topics and tired clichés were used to provide an explanation for the historical past of yank greater schooling, alongside comes Labor's Millennium: Christianity, commercial schooling, and the Founding of the collage of Illinois. Bringing a refreshingly assorted viewpoint, Smith demonstrates the viability of the explanatory energy of theological constructs and provides his readers an oft ignored and underutilized framework to appreciate the founding of 1 of America's maximum public universities."
--J. Gregory Behle
The Master's College

Brett H. Smith is the Pastor of the collage Baptist Church and the director of the Baptist Housing Ministry in Champaign, Illinois.

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