How does a scholar’s faith commitment affect how she or he teaches and researches? Should there be a connection. Trevor Cairney reviews his own career in education through the lens of his Christian faith.
One of the aims of CASE is to challenge Christian scholars to consider more fully the relationship of faith to their scholarship. In doing this CASE encourages the expression of views across a wide range of fields of study that are informed by faith in the Christian gospel. Such an agenda runs counter to the prevailing wisdom that matters of faith and scholarship should be kept separate. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Professor George Marsden who over the last decade has been responsible for creating lively debate about the legitimacy of seeking to inform one’s scholarship by religious teachings and matters of faith. Institutions like universities which once encouraged a close relationship between faith and learning, assume today that research, scholarship and learning must be divorced from religious conviction.
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