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Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol

The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge

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Edited By Barry Kanpol and Mary Poplin

Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge centrally looks at how secular universities have dominated academic knowledge on the one hand and have also been a part of bias against Christian academics on the other. Authors generally ask for borders of understanding and collegial dialogue to bridge gaps of knowledge that exist because of this bias. Theoretical analysis and narratives from the field describe how overcoming extreme theoretical positions may allow for productive knowledge construction and a more harmonious relationship within the culture wars of our times, especially in higher education.

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3. Secularism: A Militant Faith in a Post-Secular Age (Charles L. Glenn)

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3.   Secularism: A Militant Faith in a Post-Secular Age

CHARLES L. GLENN

Western democracies are experiencing a troubling level of conflict over religion, conflict by no means limited to religiously-motivated individuals and groups seeking to impose their views on their fellow citizens. To an extent not seen in Western Europe (except in Spain) and North America (except in Mexico) in more than a century, religious practices and expression are under attack from a militant secularism. This has led to what Thiessen (2011) calls “the strange paradox that despite growing recognition of the importance of religious freedom and seeming support for the right to proselytize, the reality is quite different—there is strong world-wide opposition to proselytizing and gross and widespread violations of religious freedom” (p. 232).

Indeed, it has plausibly been claimed that “Religious freedom is under sustained pressure today around the world” (Shah & Franck, 2012, p. v), and this not only in countries dominated by an intolerant religion … unless we come, correctly, to understand materialistic secularism as such an intolerant faith. In fact, secularism, rightly understood as an ideology or belief-system, is sharply distinct from, even antithetical to, secularity, rightly understood as a legal and political arrangement of neutrality toward religious and other convictions, consistent with a pluralistic society.

Tendencies that have only recently become visible in the American policy environment have long been explicit in France, the nation that pioneered the idea of...

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