Faith, Reason, and the Christian University: What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics

Faith, Reason, and the Christian University: What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics Francis J. Beckwith What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics Baylor University, the world's largest Baptist university, is a remarkable place with many fine Christian men and women on its faculty and in its student body. It boasts a rich tradition of academic excellence, and it is a privilege for me to be able to make a contribution to that tradition, however modest my contribution may be. However, soon after my arrival at Baylor in 2003 it came as a surprise to me to learn that among the university's most respected faculty, denominational leaders, and alumni are those who reject creeds as normative for Christian belief. For example, one theologian of this stripe, James Dunn, enthusiastically asserted that the only creed his tradition accepts is "Ain't nobody but Jesus goin' to tell me what to believe."1 Of course, there are many Baptists, including Baylor faculty, alumni, and regents, who disagree with the point of view held by Dunn and others.2 As one would suspect, this anti-creedalism, as its advocates argue, has implications for the life of a Christian university. For they maintain that an academic institution's embracing of a creed--as a standard of orthodoxy to assist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Faith, Reason, and the Christian University: What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics

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Francis J. Beckwith What Pope John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics Baylor University, the world's largest Baptist university, is a remarkable place with many fine Christian men and women on its faculty and in its student body. It boasts a rich tradition of academic excellence, and it is a privilege for me to be able to make a contribution to that tradition, however modest my contribution may be. However, soon after my arrival at Baylor in 2003 it came as a surprise to me to learn that among the university's most respected faculty, denominational leaders, and alumni are those who reject creeds as normative for Christian belief. For example, one theologian of this stripe, James Dunn, enthusiastically asserted that the only creed his tradition accepts is "Ain't nobody but Jesus goin' to tell me what to believe."1 Of course, there are many Baptists, including Baylor faculty, alumni, and regents, who disagree with the point of view held by Dunn and others.2 As one would suspect, this anti-creedalism, as its advocates argue, has implications for the life of a Christian university. For they maintain that an academic institution's embracing of a creed--as a standard of orthodoxy to assist

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Published: Jul 9, 2009

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