academic freedom

are “evangelical” and “academic” oxymorons (and who are you calling a moron?)

Posted by PeteEnns on September 5, 2016 in academic freedom 28 Comments

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

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I still think there is a “scandal of the evangelical mind” and here it is: we’re not allowed to use it

Posted by PeteEnns on May 9, 2016 in academic freedom Evangelicalism Inspiration and Incarnation 100 Comments

Mark Noll’s 1995 book  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit a raw nerve when he declared “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He argued that Evangelical scholarship had a minimal presence in doing serious academic research, and that they need to—and can—do better. His followup book in

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“We are all heroes of our own stories”: interview with Brandon Withrow on academic freedom in evangelicalism

Posted by PeteEnns on August 6, 2014 in academic freedom interviews 9 Comments

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

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is anyone getting tired of this yet? (yes): Bryan College “takes a stand” on creationism

Posted by PeteEnns on March 2, 2014 in academic freedom Bible and culture/current events Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism No Comments

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

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My trip to Canada, what I said there, and I got home anyway

Posted by PeteEnns on October 12, 2013 in academic freedom Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam No Comments

I spent this past week speaking in British Columbia, but first some general observations on Canadian culture. I’m not used to courteous driving, and I aged 2 years watching my drivers slow down in anticipation of green lights possibly turning yellow, letting other drivers weave in, or just generally not being violently aggressive. They’d never make it on the east

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Why Adjunct, Underemployed, and Otheremployed Evangelical Professors May Be The Key to the Future

Posted by PeteEnns on June 20, 2013 in academic freedom Evangelicalism jobs in academia 53 Comments

Adjunct, underemployed, and otheremployed professors have it tough. You’ve put in a lot of years into studying and want all your effort–and family sacrifices–to mean something. You make far less than you are worth, and it’s demoralizing and scary. (For earlier posts on this general topic, see here, here, here, here, and here.) But…. You

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The Deeper Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: We Are Not Allowed to Use It

Posted by PeteEnns on January 25, 2013 in academic freedom Evangelicalism Inspiration and Incarnation No Comments

Mark Noll’s 1995 book  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit a raw nerve when he declared “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He argued that Evangelical scholarship had a minimal presence in doing serious academic research, and that they need to–and can–do better. His followup book in

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