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On a Christian College

posted by xscot mcknight

I gave a paper some five or six years ago at North Park on the nature of a Christian college, especially as it applies at my school. The exploration of a Christian education through the categories of monotheism, polytheism, and henotheism is suggestive for me, and I wonder what you might think of it. The paper is also available now through the sidebar. For some reason, the .pdf files comes out backward. If you know why, go ahead and explain it in the Comments (but go slowly). If not, print it out and it’ll be perfect shape in the printer tray!
The Paper is called “The Big Muddy.”



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Mark Perry

posted January 17, 2006 at 9:55 am


Scot, I’m glad you posted this topic again. I was unable to read your paper until Saturday, and thorougly enjoyed it. I especially appreciated the section on defining academic freedom. Among the faculty at my school (since we are in a transistion) there is great concern regarding academic freedom within a Christian college. I suspect it is because what most think of is the monotheistic model, and haven’t been exposed to the henotheistic model. The challenge facing our faculty is to expose people to the varying models (I have also found Richard Hughes book on models of Christian Higher Ed to be helpful, though we haven’t used it yet) as well as the need for theological education. We have very few faculty left who are opposed to our mission. The key is to get them to both be interested and willing to learn theology. That might be more difficult than getting them to agree with our Christian mission.
I suspect many Christian faculty face this same challenge: learn theology and then integrate it into their classroom.
The last couple of faculty meetings at the beginning of the school year, we have had various faculty talk about how they integrate their faith in the classroom. The integration ranges from ethics to how to choose a play. It hasn’t been that good, but it is a start in our ongoing discussion on what it means to be a Christian college. I have found integration also depends somewhat on the academic discipline; ie, literature lends itself easier to integration than math. Perhaps there ought to be a blog for ongoing discussions in integration.
I intend to share your paper with a few of my collegues to foster discussion. Thanks for your willingness to share this paper.



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Roseanne

posted January 17, 2006 at 1:18 pm


Scot,
As one who attended a Christian college as an undergraduate and currently is on the faculty of a large state university I found this to be an interesting article. The contrasts are striking. I wonder how many of my colleagues view academia as a calling – as opposed to the best way to get ahead? Not many I would guess.



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Ron Fay

posted January 17, 2006 at 5:17 pm


As one looking to enter the teaching field, I hope the Lord directs me to a place like you mentioned, Scot. I want to be in a place that has open discussion, academic integrity, all within the bounds of orthodoxy.



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Dana Ames

posted January 17, 2006 at 8:06 pm


Well, this explains to me, at least in part, why you have a blog. Just as I was struck while listening to the hearings for John Roberts that, whatever else he is, he is a man who eats, drinks and breathes the Law, so is your blog an outgrowth of your Call to educate, and that henotheistically, informed by the spirit of your seven words.
Hope you don’t mind the comparison… It’s great to observe someone doing what s/he was meant to do. Thanks for letting us watch, listen and learn.
Dana



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