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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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Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol

“This volume advances an argument that absolutely must be made if higher education in America is to be reinvigorated. The argument is this: secularism is not an open, neutral framework for academic study; it is an aggressive exclusion of faith and divinity. As the contributors demonstrate, the secular premise is a jealous one. It rules out all immaterial realities and metaphysical beliefs. No wonder so many college students and people who work on campuses are so unhappy and unfulfilled. Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol provides them with an explanation for their dissatisfaction, and it charts a way beyond it as well—a way that makes room for the deepest wellsprings of human striving and conviction. Secularism has waged a war of ideas and seized control of the institutions for many decades, and it’s time that believing academics fight back. This book supplies them with potent weapons.”

—Mark Bauerlein, Professor at Emory College, Senior Editor of First Things journal, and contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among others

“These intelligent essays document a variety of ways that the overwhelming dominance of secularist perspectives in the mainstream academy leads to biases toward those who hold to traditional Christian and other religious beliefs. They also provide valuable suggestions for constructive responses.”

—George Marsden, author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

“The secularization...

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