Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty

Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty

Often the university is seen as a hothouse of anti-Christian bias.

Here are the stories of twenty-two such Christian faculty, who tell in their own words the difference that Christ has made in their lives and their work.

These very personal stories offer thoughtful models of how faith can not only survive but thrive in the university world.

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While there is not a cohesive argument presented in the book from premise to proof, the essays provide a number of common themes to show how faith can exist in the world of academia, which is ruled by reason. Using his own experiences, Anderson describes how his own life proves out the Christian faith and how his religion enhanced his scientific world view to fill in those gaps that science alone could not fill (Anderson, 1998, pp. With this introductory essay setting the stage, various authors from many different disciplines of the academic sciences offer up their own essays giving testimony to their own faith journey and how they reconcile faith with their intellectual and academic life. Each author brings a part of their own personal journey into their essay, describing their own roots and backgrounds and how they journeyed into an understanding and faith in Christ. Her journey from that period of agnosticism, through charismatic Catholicism, to an integration of her faith in every aspect of her academic career is a common story for many of the scientists in this book (Anderson, 1998, pp. Clark in the essay Semper Fideles describes how his background in the marines combined with his academic studies of political science and blended with his faith worked in him to critique the just war theory and to write concerning the ethics of strategic war (Anderson, 1998, pp. Lousia Hulett in A Prodigal Child Finds Faith describes how this integration of her faith into her academic field allowed her to create a new kind of political science course that ended up demonstrating Gods providence when her original field of study became obsolete (Anderson, 1998, p. While each of them includes a personal testimonial of some sort of their faith journey, there are some for which this is the main purpose of the essay. Patricia Raybons Down by the Cross is an intensely personal testimonial exploring her history as a young black woman in the south in the 1970s and her journey into realization that skin-color was not something to be concerned about and how faith and Christianity should transcend such mundane things (Anderson, 1998, pp. As described above, Verna Carters A Life Journey with Jesus is primarily a personal testimonial describing her life journey and what she has done with her faith and how she has used it to influence the field of psychological nursing (Anderson, 1998). He sees his faith as a gift given by God and not something that you can reason out or understand by applying human intellect. The intricacies and complexities of that physical world point towards the existence of a Creator, culminating in a coming-together of the two worlds in the person of Jesus Christ (Anderson, 1998, pp. Andersons collection of essays, while diverse in their purpose, style, and content, is an excellent cross-section of Christian academics within the secular institutions. For the most part, they served the purpose of proving out Andersons 7 points that he gave in his opening essay as well as give a defense on the role of human intellect as regards people of faith. First, while I appreciate the passion and fervor for a strong, reliable faith as exhibited by BeMiller in To God Be the Glory, I felt that, in a post-modern era, this was the weakest essay and argument possible. However, this essay could have been written by any journalist or novelist and not necessarily someone engaged in the intensely secular world of the academic institution. However, there are several essays that I think really did the best work at describing how Christian faculty apply their faith within the secular institution. Keeners essay on mathematics is my personal favorite (Anderson, 1998, pp. 109) Many of the essays that described a personal journey through academia to find Christ after they had already tried to do things on their own reflect this same concept. For me, as a person of science, this book reinforced some things that I was already convinced of as regards the relationship between my faith and my intellect.

  • English

  • Education

  • Rating: 3.45
  • Pages: 238
  • Publish Date: December 2nd 1998 by IVP Books
  • Isbn10: 0830815996
  • Isbn13: 9780830815999