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Enough Already: Universities Do Not Need More Christianity

Enough Already: Universities Do Not Need More Christianity

Chapter:
(p.190) Chapter 9 Enough Already: Universities Do Not Need More Christianity
Source:
After Cloven Tongues of Fire
Author(s):
David A. Hollinger
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.003.0009

This chapter tries to bring clarity to the often frustrating debates over the role of religion in higher education, and defends a balance between critical distance and empathic appreciation. Persons worried about the decline of Christianity's role in American higher education are often reluctant to confront the honorable reasons men and women have had over the course of the last two centuries for rejecting Christian commitment, or drifting away from it, or restricting it to a private realm. It argues that the affirmation of Christian values by faculties and administrators in our society has been historically bound up with discrimination against Jews. It also considers the effort to conceal a campaign to reestablish Christian culture hegemony under the guise of a “pluralism,” which reduces the entirety of modern scientific thought to simply one of a number of “paradigms.”

Keywords:   higher education, Christianity, religion, pluralism, Jews, Christian culture hegemony

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