Thursday, August 31, 2006

"The Academy"

Does the antithesis cut through "the academy," or to one side of it? To hear many conservative theologians talk, I must be tainted or think certain things because I'm part of the academy. Just a few weeks ago a visiting minister in our church launched into an adult Sunday school class aligning ideas of multi-authorship of the Pentateuch with liberal thinking and the academy. To me this is a classic case of confusing structure with direction.

3 Comments:

At 4:41 PM, Blogger r_ 0 Sigma said...

Surely, the antithesis cuts right through the academy, and through each institution and each discipline. We who are in the academy do have the difficult task of helping our constituencies see that our nuancing of issues is not necessarily liberal, all the while not losing our own humility.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Paul Otto said...

So you're a liberal too, huh?

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger Tolle, Blogge said...

It always cuts through, though not necessarily right down the middle.

Increasingly, I'm getting the sense that for too many, nuance=liberalism, or at least some kind of weasely compromise position. But, if part of education is looking at things in different ways, then nuance is part of the package.

 

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