ERIC Number: ED132945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Faculty in the Church-Related College.
Browde, Joseph A.
The use of words can confuse and mislead, and making "church-related,""church-supported," and "Christian" synonymous with the nature of a college creates difficulties. What does make education extraordinary in a church-related college? Perhaps we believe that by simply adding the word "Christian" the difference is apparent. Will the college employ only committed Christians as faculty? Should worship be required on campus for all? The Christian church has problems enough with similar kinds of questions as well as semantics without making it complicated for higher education and its task. Four suggestions can be made for the faculty's role: first, faculty members should respect the college's professed conviction and uphold its right to exist; second, they should support the liberal arts thrust of higher education, just as the Church should not attempt to make a church out of the college; third, they should pursue the humanistic endeavor in their teaching efforts, accepting doubt, error, and differences, and encouraging creativity; and fourth, they should strengthen themselves professionally, with the goal of increasing our measure of rationality in the search for truth and excellence. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech presented to the administration and faculty of Meredith College at a retreat (Asheboro, North Carolina, November 12, 1976)