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The Chronicle: Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe
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The Chronicle: Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe

May 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe
Even at elite colleges, doors are opening for religiously committed students and faculty members
May 9, 2008

I was sent a link to this article by many different people. Basically, evangelicalism at prestigious universities is rebounding, challenging the notion that evangelicals are “poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” Evangelical scholarship has also become part of the intellectual mainstream (Francis Collins, for example). Other snippets:

“The “opening of the evangelical mind,” as Alan Wolfe has aptly called it, may be surprising to some, but it is not unprecedented. Indeed anti-intellectualism within Christianity is actually an anomaly of the 20th century. For most of Christianity’s history, faith and learning have been intertwined. Over the centuries, intellectuals received religious sanction for their scholarly pursuits, and the church — in both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions — supported a range of intellectual activity, from the scientific research of Newton to the literary contributions of Chesterton. History is on the side of evangelical intellectual strivings…

In a column for The Chronicle, Stanley Fish wrote, “When Jacques Derrida died, I was called by a reporter who wanted to know what would succeed high theory and the triumvirate of race, gender, and class as the center of intellectual energy in the academy. I answered like a shot: religion.” In the same article, Fish contended that religion must not be simply studied at arm’s length, but must be considered as a viable “candidate for the truth.” ….

Forty years ago, conventional sociological wisdom said that society would secularize as it modernized. Such predictions were dead wrong. Levels of education and development have risen sharply around the world, while at the same time religion’s influence has grown. It’s time for the academy to come to grips with this dynamic. Moral and religious issues will become even more prominent in all disciplines. Greater religious pluralism, in the United States and around the world, will continue to generate new sources of conflict while also suggesting possibilities for cooperation.”

There is a lot more, and many interesting questions are raised, including:

  • What place do Christian evangelical beliefs have in academe?
  • How much will Christians change America’s universities, if at all?
  • How can evangelicals and religious topics be integrated in the classroom setting?
  • Are there differences between the evangelicals of the political right and evangelical scholars? How does this affect both their influences?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 El7lwa.com // Nov 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    حلاوتك انت وامك بالموقع بتاعك ده

  • 2 poostkala // Mar 12, 2022 at 5:32 am

    فروشگاه آرایشی پوست کالا عرض
    کننده محصولات آرایش
    سایت آرایشی
    Academe poostkala

  • 3 poostkala // Mar 12, 2022 at 5:34 am

    is nice

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