Education: College-Building Church

The founding fathers of U.S. higher education were clergymen of various faiths, and church-related colleges once reigned in the land. A secular age changed all that; the rise of state universities clinched it; the fate of many church-related colleges is now dark. But the Methodist Church, parent of more Protestant colleges than any other church, is blithely looking forward to a new golden era "in the great enterprise of serving Jesus Christ as Lord of the mind."

In the past four years, after two decades of standing still, Methodist educators have raised $80 million,...

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