Purposes and Presuppositions
First, Sullivan explains how the word ‘consecration’ in the sub-title of this book is to be understood, before considering what might be meant by an intellectual vocation. The overall orientation of the book is then related to the author’s personal convictions and professional experience. Third, there is an exploration of the inevitable tension between the desirable and the feasible. Two further sections consider possible objections (from Christian and secular perspectives) that might arise in response to the argument of this book that the university can be a place for the consecration of learning. The chapter ends by proposing some of the features that might be present in individuals and institutions that claim that Christian faith informs their work in the university.