Meeting Jesus at University
Rites of Passage and Student Evangelicals
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Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Group
How does university turn students into who they become?Why are student evangelicals such a significant and controversial force at so many universities?In many countries, university has become the main Rite of Passage between the child and adult worlds. University can be enjoyable and fascinating but also life-changing and traumatic. And at the exact time when a student's identity is the most challenged and uncertain, student evangelical groups are highly organised on many university campuses to offer students a powerful identity so that the world makes sense once again. For some, these groups will protect them from the university's assault on their faith. For others, they will challenge and even change who they are."Meeting Jesus at University" explores universities in six countries. Drawing upon detailed fieldwork, it examines the largest student evangelical group at each university in order to understand in-depth the relationship between the student evangelical group and the university which it aims to convert. "Meeting Jesus at University" offers an original contribution to the discussion of Rites of Passage, examining what is experienced at university and how university breaks down and remoulds young people. It explores why student evangelicals are so active, particularly at Britain and America's most prestigious and identity-challenging institutions meaning that students at these places are the most likely to find themselves meeting Jesus at university.