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Title:"Is he crazy?": Students "encounter" confrontational evangelism at ISU
Author(s):Marino, Joel
Abstract:This project investigates “confrontational evangelism” on the ISU quad by Brother Jed, the founder and president of the Campus Ministry USA, and the students’ responses. The author asks the following questions: How does the Brother Jed “encounter” affect students’ perceptions of religion and faith? How do these perceptions reflect on other students? How do students approach religious and/or ideological conflict? On the basis of seven interviews and participant observation, this research shows that Brother Jed’s provocative statements stimulated a wide variety of responses from students with different backgrounds and interests.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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