This book aims to investigate the level of political tolerance at conservative Protestant colleges and universities. Through innovative and methodologically sophisticated techniques, the authors test the political openness of these institutions as a proxy for their willingness to accept opinions that fall outside of those held by their religious community. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is an insular environment at conservative Protestant institutions beyond religious obligations, or if these institutions are only restrictive as it concerns those theological commitments. Drawing from five distinct sets of data, the authors demonstrate that conservative Protestant institutions of higher education exhibit more political diversity and political tolerance than other institutions of higher education, including elite ‘Research 1’ institutions.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 – Conservative Protestant Colleges and Universities in America
Chapter 3 – The Political Makeup of the American University
Chapter 4 – The Political Biases on our College Campuses
Chapter 5 – Political Bias and the Conservative Protestant Campus
Chapter 6 – Liberty, Wheaton and Bethel: Three Case Studies
Chapter 7 – Conclusion
George Yancey is a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, USA.
Laurel Shaler is a professor of counselor education at Liberty University, USA.
Jerald H. Walz is a Research Associate at the Center for Cooperative Problem Solving at Virginia Tech.