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Faculty Faith Statements

July 7, 2014

I can get behind substantial portions of this reply (esp. the critique of The Enlightenment). But the real issue, as I see it, is in the final paragraph on faith statements—because that’s the problem fronted in Peter Conn’s original critique of Wheaton College (IL) in an article on accreditation issues. I think both Conn and Jones underestimate the on-the-ground complexity from their con and pro positions, respectively. Both ignore the practical workarounds of faculty, as well as the pressures of the constricted job market that require sometimes quiet assent. And then there’s the granddaddy problem of them all: does the institution require *literal* assent to every point in the statement, knowing of course that all scripture scholarship does not require literal interpretations to make the scripture deeply meaningful. As a point of reference, here is Wheaton College’s “Statement of Faith and Educational Purpose.” – TL

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