ERIC Number: EJ786377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-25
Reference Count: 0
The Place of Personal Faith in the Classroom
Barbour, John D.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n20 pB24 Jan 2008
Many religious-studies professors consider personal references to one's own faith to be out of place in an academic context. However, the author contends that students nowadays need to know what a professor thinks, including what he believes about some matter of faith, if the comments compare his position with other possibilities and invite discussion and contrasting views. The author believes that students should be exposed in a college classroom to the idea that religious assertions have intellectual content, which can be discussed rationally. As such, teachers should not be worried about expressing their views on matters of faith.
Descriptors: Beliefs, Religious Education, Religion, Spiritual Development, Religion Studies, State Church Separation, Christianity, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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