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ERIC Number: EJ822112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
"Ex Corde Universitatis": From the Heart of the University
O'Brien, George Dennis
Christian Higher Education, v3 n3 p277-294 Jul 2004
This paper explores the place of religion within the assumptions of the modern research university. The issue for Christianity is essentially epistemic: Given the criteria for truth or plausibility that prevail in advanced academic communities, what are the warrants for Christian belief? Are the prevailing criteria defined such that Christian claims can have no epistemic standing? The modern-day clash between Christianity and academic discourse go to the heart of the differing projects. For the academy, issues are admitted at arm's length, while Christianity moves beyond discussion to decision, to trust and to faith. This paper is not another screed against the modern university. Instead, the author regards the modern university as one of the great inventions of the human mind, and the university today can boast of its humanistic ideology. The author considers the sciences and arts as marvels of human ingenuity and emotional insight. The place of Christian belief within academic humanism is pondered. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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