Academia and Christianity – Never the Two Shall Meet?

Wheaton (ah…Wheaton….) Professor, ]],

Nevertheless, scholars ought to be concerned that Christians often report that the academy is a hostile environment. Are academics generally glad that such a perception exists? If not, how might it be dispelled? If it is based on genuine experiences, what can be done about a climate that tolerates religious discrimination? If the two stories presented here are merely assailable, anecdotal evidence, then why not gather information on this issue more systematically? Do academic institutions ever try to discover if their Christian students or scholars experience discrimination?

There seems to be an increasing amount of pressure in academia to phase out sympathetic Christian thought, which ignores the philosophical foundation of much of the West and goes against what academia should be about – free expression. Larsen as a great article, and Bitsy has a wonderful follow-up.

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9 Replies to “Academia and Christianity – Never the Two Shall Meet?”

  1. Joel, I have been in academia for a few years now; exactly what hostility are they referring to? I am a Christian. I have had my embedded theology challenged. This is nothing more than more whining from Christian scholars afraid to be in conversation with those of different beliefs first of all, and second of all, as Christians we should not expect favor in society (like Christendom wants us to) but persecution and suffering. Oh Constantinian Christians and their whining. I am sick of it.

  2. Rodney, there is a different than having theology challenged and having one unemployed, failed, etc… for relying upon one's Christianity as a basis for a worldview. Considering that your latest round of academia is seminary, I wouldn't expect this to be the case, however, in secular institutions, one is routinely asked not to show or otherwise hint that they may be a Christian in their decision making process.

    It has nothing to do with Constantinian Christians…

  3. Per the article, I think Christians need to check their own standards and conduct first before complaining of discrimination. There are also plenty of A+ students who go from their high schools to a super competitive college and suffer badly. It is usually a healthy adjustment to get a bad grade.

    What is missing from the article is an overview of how others were graded regarding usage of sources. It would be tricky to find other sources for “traditional marriage” – especially for a low level writing class. Although John was faulted for using only one source, that might have been one traditional source more than others who received an A.

  4. if someone wants to teach explicitly religious teaching, teach at a seminary, like i want to do or a private school Illinois is a public school, to have a privately funded chair for Catholicism to be taught, raises my suspicions.

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