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Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol

The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge


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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5. Business Academics and Acceptance of Conservative Christians (George Yancey)


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5.   Business Academics and Acceptance of Conservative Christians


It is widely documented that academics are more likely to be irreligious than other individuals (Ecklund & Scheitle, 2007; Larson & Witham, 1998). However, it is contested whether this unbalanced religious makeup is due to progressive bias against conservative religious out-groups. Lee (2006) argues that research claiming to document academic bias suffers from fatal methodological flaws. Yet in my previous research (Yancey, 2011) I demonstrated that a significant number of scholars in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities penalize religious conservatives applying for an academic position. Furthermore, Rothman and Lichter (2008) document that social conservatives tend to find themselves in academic positions that are lower in status even after controlling for their academic accomplishments. However, we lack research documenting the potential biases in the business disciplines. It remains to be seen whether the propensities documented in previous research is applicable in business disciplines.

It is plausible that the issues studied by business scholars do not have the same cultural impact as those examined by academics in the sciences and humanities. Therefore business academics may not have a similar level of motivation to screen out religious conservatives as those in other academic departments. While academics in the business disciplines generally are not creating scientific knowledge,1 they do contribute to the overall social environment at colleges and universities. If we are going to comprehend the atmosphere on college...

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