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Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship - Anthony Dickema

Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship

Paperback Published: 8th August 2000
ISBN: 9780802847560
Number Of Pages: 236

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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.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
The Search for Definitionp. 6
Threats to Academic Freedomp. 11
Ideological Imperialism and Dogmatismp. 12
Political Correctness and Intolerance of Religionp. 15
Prior Restraint and Censorshipp. 27
The "Chilling Effect" and Self-Censorshipp. 33
Governmental and Institutional Influencep. 37
Toward Vigilance Against the Threatsp. 38
Academic Freedom in the Context of Worldviewp. 44
Worldview and Enlightenment Objectivityp. 45
Academic Freedom and Christian Worldviewp. 53
Academic Freedom: Means or End?p. 71
Academic Freedom as Christian Freedomp. 74
Personal and Corporate Academic Freedomp. 76
Policy Development in the Christian College: Modest Proposalsp. 82
Definitions of Academic Freedomp. 84
Academic Freedom and Faculty Tenurep. 87
A Socratic Covenantp. 99
Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarshipp. 104
Academic Freedom: College and Churchp. 115
Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speechp. 123
Protection and Promotion of Academic Freedomp. 132
Reflections: Toward an Ethos of Freedomp. 144
An Expanded Statement of the Mission of Calvin Collegep. 153
Bibliography and Selected Reading Listp. 197
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780802847560
ISBN-10: 0802847560
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 8th August 2000
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.36

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