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Educating the Church for the World

1811 printing press, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

“There was another time in the history of the church in which technological disruption drove massive changes to the way that churches organized the education and formation of leaders, laity, and congregational life. The Protestant Reformation was partially powered by the printing press inasmuch as it enabled the widespread distribution of Luther’s translation of the Bible into the vernacular. The technological innovation and the social reconfigurations that emerged in its wake were unutterably painful and disruptive in the life of the church, but it is undeniable that these changes were also ultimately good.”


  1. This discussion in this section is indebted to Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011); see also Clayton M. Christensen, The Innovator’s Dilemma (New York: HarperCollins; Harvard Business Essentials, 2003).
  2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, “Household Debt and Credit Report,” 2012 Q4, http://www.newyorkfed.org/householdcredit/2012-Q4/index.html (accessed July 3, 2013).
  3. Donghoon Lee, “Household Debt and Credit: Student Debt,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, http://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/mediaadvisory/2013/Lee022813.pdf (accessed July 3, 2013).
  4. Master’s students in SOT and SIS can take any nonclinical psychology course in SOP.