This Ivy League Prof’s Absurd Attitude Toward Christian Colleges Says A lot About Higher Ed

Photo credit: Community History SA (Flickr)

Professor Peter Conn wrote that Christian colleges “undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education” and should not be accredited. Conn is a professor of English and education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Specifically, he says:

Skeptical and unfettered inquiry is the hallmark of American teaching and research. However, such inquiry cannot flourish — in many cases, cannot even survive — inside institutions that erect religious tests for truth. The contradiction is obvious.

He also attacks the Christian college Wheaton, called by some “the Harvard of evangelical education,” saying:

“Unlike Harvard, Wheaton is one of the colleges that oblige their faculty members to complete faith statements. In other words, at Wheaton the primacy of reason has been abandoned by the deliberate and repeated choices of both its administration and its faculty.”

Alan Jacobs, a professor now at Baylor who worked for 29 years at Wheaton, says that he taught at the Christian college of Wheaton because of its academic freedom. He writes:

I was there for the academic freedom. My interests were in the intersection of theology, religious practice and literature — a very rich field, but one that in most secular universities I would have been strongly discouraged from pursuing except in a corrosively skeptical way.

Are Christian colleges bad for academic freedom, as Conn writes? Or do they possess and even sometimes increase academic freedom?

 

Follow F. Peter Brown on Twitter.

Photo credit: Community History SA (Flickr)

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

"Loophole" from Obama's IRS: Protect your IRA or 401(k) with gold and silver... click here to get a NO-COST Info Guide >

Comments

  1. RacerJim says:

    "Skeptical and unfettered inquiry is the hallmark of American teaching and research. However, such inquiry cannot flourish — in many cases, cannot even survive — inside institutions that erect religious tests for truth. The contradiction is obvious." — Peter Conn, professor of English and education at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Well, Professor Conn, skeptical and unfettered inquiry also cannot flourish — in most cases, cannot even exist — inside every Ivy League institution et al which erect liberal/progressive ideological barriers against truth. Your, and their, hypocrisy is obvious.

Speak Your Mind

*