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1st Edition

Christian Theology and the Secular University

ISBN 9780367882129
Published December 11, 2019 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

If the secular university by definition is non-sectarian or non-denominational, then how can it accommodate a discipline like Christian theology?  Doesn’t the traditional goal of theological study, which is to attain knowledge of the divine, fundamentally conflict with the main goal of secular academic study, which is to attain knowledge about ourselves and the world in which we live?  So why should theology be admitted, or even care about being admitted, into secular academic life? And even if theology were admitted, what contribution to secular academic life could it make?

Working from a Christian philosophical and theological perspective but also engaging a wide range of theologians, philosophers, and religious studies scholars, Christian Theology and the Secular University takes on these questions, arguing that Christian theology does belong in the secular university because it provides distinct resources that the secular university needs if it is going to fulfill what should be its main epistemic and educative ends.  This book offers a fresh and unique perspective to scholars working in the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and religious studies, and to those in other academic disciplines who are interested in thinking critically and creatively about the place and nature of theological study within the secular university.

Table of Contents


1 Whose Theology? Which University?

2 Theology in the Secular University: A Critical Analysis of the Current Debate

3 An Epistemology of Truly Liberal Learning

4 Theology and Truly Liberal Learning in the Secular University

5 Theology and Moral Education in the Secular University


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Paul A. Macdonald, Jr. holds an endowed chair in the Department of Philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy.