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

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 [Read More...]

I’ll see your “clarified” statement of faith and raise you a lawsuit—more good times at Bryan College

A few days ago The Herald News (serving Dayton, Tenn., and Rhea County communities since 1898) reported the next, and I suppose inevitable, development in the Bryan-College-brazenly-moves-the-statement-of-faith-goal-posts-as-a-way-of-weeding-out-dangerous-faculty-who-don’t-think-the-Bible-is-a-science-book saga. Two faculty members–professor of natural science Stephen Barnett and professor of education and chair of the education department Steven DeGeorge–are suing their employer (see the full story [Read More...]

Bryan College and evolution: maybe the board and president should listen to the faculty and students on this one

Inside Higher Education posted recently the latest developments in the unfortunate yet expected and predictable events at Bryan College over evolution. (See my earlier post here.) You will recall that college’s board voted to “clarify” the colleges original statement on human origins from this: “that the origin of man was by fiat of God in [Read More...]


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