Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000 - Education - 214 pages
The dawning of the third millennium finds many Christian colleges and universities in a search for identity. Coming to grips with the confused, often maligned topic of academic freedom is an essential part of this search. In this volume an unabashed defender of academic freedom offers well-founded advice to an academy that has seemingly lost its way. Drawing on forty years in higher education, including twenty years as president of Calvin College, Anthony Diekema reflects on the extensive scholarly literature on academic freedom against the backdrop of personal experience. He develops the larger philosophical framework necessary for thinking about academic freedom but also offers pointed advice gleaned from specific events and challenges to academic freedom that he has personally confronted. This balanced approach provides a seasoned perspective for those struggling with the subject of academic freedom in their own institutions. In the course of the book Diekema develops a sound working definition of the concept of academic freedom, assesses the threats it faces, acknowledges the significance of worldview in its implementation, and explores the policy implications for its protection and promotion in Christian colleges.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Search for Definition
6
Threats to Academic Freedom
11
Ideological Imperialism and Dogmatism
12
Political Correctness and Intolerance of Religion
15
Prior Restraint and Censorship
27
The Chilling Effect and SelfCensorship
33
Governmental and Institutional Influence
37
Personal and Corporate Academic Freedom
76
Policy Development in the Christian College Modest Proposals
82
Definitions of Academic Freedom
84
Academic Freedom and Faculty Tenure
87
A Socratic Covenant
99
Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship
104
College and Church
115
Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech
123

Toward Vigilance Against the Threats
38
Academic Freedom in the Context of Worldview
44
Worldview and Enlightenment Objectivity
45
Academic Freedom and Christian Worldview
53
Means or End?
71
Academic Freedom as Christian Freedom
74
Protection and Promotion of Academic Freedom
132
Reflections Toward an Ethos of Freedom
144
An Expanded Statement of the Mission of Calvin College Vision Purpose Commitment
153
Bibliography and Selected Reading List
197
Index
211
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