“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…]

upcoming ETS conference geared toward nervous protection of theological boundaries

I stumbled upon a flyer advertising the upcoming Northeast Region meeting in March of the Evangelical Theological Society. The conference title is “The Liberal Seepage into the Evangelical Culture (What Is an Evangelical?).” The first page of the flyer is copied below and all of it is available for viewing here. This does not represent [Read More…]

Evangelicalism and the anti-intellectual cult of the “Christian worldview”

At least that’s how Molly Worthen sees it. In the final few pages of her recent book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, Worthen focuses on the strategic, persistent, and anti-intellectual use of “Christian worldview” language within evangelicalism. From my perspective, in addition to being probing and insightful, these quotes summarize [Read More…]

evangelicalism and the uneasy relationship with academic freedom–more thoughts from Molly Worthen

In chapter 5 (“The Marks of Campus Conversion”) of her recently released book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press), Molly Worthen looks at the founding of faith-based colleges in the early decades of evangelicalism, and the resulting uneasy relationship between the evangelical quest for academic respectability and the academic freedom that is normally [Read More…]

evangelicalism and anti-intellectualism: blame the leaders

I received in the mail yesterday a copy of Molly Worthen’s Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Despite a very heavy football and couch-potato schedule this weekend, I am am nevertheless more than half done with it and I want to throw out a few quotes now and then–beginning today. In her closing comments of the [Read More…]