The scandal of the Evangelical mind is that doctrine determines academic conclusions. Degrees, books, papers, and other marks of prestige are valued—provided you come to predetermined conclusions.
I’m not trying to pick a fight or even be controversial here. It’s an honest question. I’ve been thinking about this for several years, and what has brought it back to mind is the all-too-common phenomenon of professors “resigning” (wink, wink) from their positions (e.g., see here, here, and here). Here is the problem in a nutshell. Many […]
OK, I think I might be figuring out this whole Wheaton debacle. Well. . . not me actually, but one of my readers who emailed me, the gist of which basically goes like this: “Dear Pete. I read your blog and your books regularly, and I think the sun rises and sets on everything you […]
Today’s post is an interview with Brandon Withrow, who teaches religious studies at the University of Findlay, about his latest book Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (co-authored with Menachem Wecker). Withrow and Wecker examine seminaries affiliated with two faith traditions–Christian and Jewish–and explore the challenges, as well as prospective solutions, confronting […]
Whatever. Here’s the article. Another college feels it needs to take a “stand” on the Bible–meaning recommitting themselves to a view of the Bible that is inexcusable for an institution granting academic degrees, whether in Bible, the sciences, Christian thought, or anything else. Professors at Bryan College are understandably worried about their jobs. They will […]