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3.10.2006

political science and christian higher education

Very interesting piece on teaching at Christian universities in Inside Higher Ed. I think the extent to which entirely open and honest discussion is permitted varies greatly professor-to-professor and institution-to-institution. My own experience as a student in political science at a Christian university suggests that discussion on controversial issues is often shut down -- but that it usually happens more because of the students and less because of the faculty. No matter what happens, you get into these issues that have well-defined positions in many churches (eg, the view of many, many conservative evangelicals that free-market capitalism and strong national defense is ordained by God), and when students or professors have decided that there's a "Christian" side to an issue, it's very hard to actually talk about it.

Anyway, something for those of us searching for higher education jobs to think about.

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