ERIC Number: ED225423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
A Christian Critique of the University.
Malik, Charles Habib
Views on the place and power of the university, the church's role in the university, and the sciences and humanities are presented. The secularization of western universities raises fundamental criticisms from the Christian point of view that the university atmosphere is not congenial to Christian spiritual values, and that higher education institutions dominate the world today. Issues that are highlighted regarding the scientist include: the belief that the creative, whole scientist needs to experience friendship, spiritual love, and the teachings of the church; ways to approach the theory of evolution and the misconceptions of "creationists" who advocate "creation science"; and the problem of the pride of knowledge and power. The humanities, which determine the fundamental spirit of the university, provide the right and necessary corrective to the problems of the sciences. It is proposed that influences on the humanities include: naturalism, subjectivism, idealism, materialism, technologism, futurism, cynicism, nihilism, Freudianism, relativism, voluntarism, change, humanism, monism, secularism, and atheism. A Christian critique of the university is presented in more depth, and a proposal to improve universities is briefly described. (SW)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Christianity, Church Role, College Role, Creationism, Ethics, Evolution, Higher Education, Humanities, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Education, Sciences, Scientists, Values
InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, WI.
Note: Book based on two lectures presented at the annual Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University (3rd, Ontario, Canada, March 1981). Support for the Pascal Lectures was provided by A. R. Kaufman Charitable Foundation.