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Sacred and Secular Tensions in Contemporary Higher Education

ByMichael D. Waggoner

Economics and religion were the foundation of the European colonization of the New World. Most often religion played a supporting role, sanctifying the work of the explorers in the conquest of new lands. In selected cases, however, the drive for religious liberty was the leading impetus for those who sought a home in uncharted territory. In every such case, this ideal of free religious expression was tested by how Christians treated each other, not to mention the indigenous populations they encountered.