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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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Introduction (Barry Kanpol)

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Introduction

BARRY KANPOL

The culture wars of our times are perhaps historically unprecedented as evidenced by not only the Supreme Court decision on marriage, but also the recent inauguration of President Trump and the attendant world-wide riots as well as peaceful protest marches. The ugliness of the election process perhaps symbolically reflects on the grave culture wars this country finds itself in, whatever side of the fence one falls on.

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia in the 1960s brought up by Jewish parents, I felt the pangs of discrimination through antisemitism in multiple ways (Kanpol, 1998). Thus, I have been sensitized to forms of what the literature and others in this book call “micro-aggressions” as subtle put downs of one’s religion and ethnicity. But I have been witness also to outright hostility regarding my past religious affiliations. As an adolescent, I was, however, also shocked to also witness my own people so to speak impose their discrimination on others in no less subtle manners. I was smart enough to realize, at least internally, that culture wars were about a struggle over values and belief systems and in some way the imposition over values that defined truth. I was essentially turned off any sort of religion that on the one hand talked about love and “repairing the world,” but on the other hand, practiced the very opposite.

It is no surprise then, that the above scenario in...

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