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Explaining The Wind: How Self-Identified Born Again Christians Define What “Born Again” Means To Them, John D. Foubert, Angela Watson, Matt W. Brosi, Dale R. Fuqua Dec 2011

Explaining The Wind: How Self-Identified Born Again Christians Define What “Born Again” Means To Them, John D. Foubert, Angela Watson, Matt W. Brosi, Dale R. Fuqua

John D. Foubert

Christian students on college campuses form a large proportion of the student body on many campuses, and consequently, they are an important influence, collectively, on the existential dialogue occurring on university campuses. However it is understood, regeneration is a fundamental and central element of the life and belief system of Christian students. Some college students who identify as Christian also define themselves as born again, yet a multiplicity of understandings of this concept appears to exist. The present study sought to investigate how self-identified, born again Christian students define the term “born again,” how they come to know that they ...


Spiritual And Moral Friendships: How Campuses Can Encourage A Search For Meaning And Purpose, Frank Shushok Jr. Dec 2010

Spiritual And Moral Friendships: How Campuses Can Encourage A Search For Meaning And Purpose, Frank Shushok Jr.

Frank Shushok Jr.

Helping students understand and cultivate moral and spiritual friends is perhaps one of the most important gifts a college or university can give a student. Having meaningful relationships contributes significant energy to students’ inner lives—their values, moral commitments, and self-understandings. The topic of friendship, and all that it entails, offers educators a powerful tool to engage students in the discovery of meaning and purpose. Individuals should not fear the word “spiritual” at public universities, nor be convinced that faith-based institutions do spiritual well. This article invites colleges and universities to explore friendship as a learning outcome for all students.


Keeping (Or Losing) The Faith: Reflections On Spiritual Struggles And Resolution By College Seniors., Jodi Fisler, Holly Agati, Shannon Chance, Amie Donahue, Greg Donahue, Erik Eickhoff, Sara Gastler, Joseph Lowder, John D. Foubert Dec 2008

Keeping (Or Losing) The Faith: Reflections On Spiritual Struggles And Resolution By College Seniors., Jodi Fisler, Holly Agati, Shannon Chance, Amie Donahue, Greg Donahue, Erik Eickhoff, Sara Gastler, Joseph Lowder, John D. Foubert

John D. Foubert

In this qualitative study, researchers examined how college seniors experienced and resolved spiritual struggles in college. Results indicated that academic activities provided opportunities to question, learn, and grow spiritually. Although a variety of external factors influenced students’ explorations of their spirituality, participants looked inward to resolve their struggles in deeply personal ways. Spiritual struggle was often manifested as a reexamination of students’ pre-college values, an ongoing process for many students. Researchers identified four ways of describing students’ state of resolution: (1) recommitting to an existing faith, (2) slightly readjusting their spiritual or religious values, (3) blending spiritual traditions, or (4 ...