Summer Seminar 2017, August 21-23
‘What the Humanities Contribute to the University’
The Tragic Consequences of the Secular Imperative on the Humanities: New Possibilities
Prof. Mary Poplin
Claremont Graduate University, USA
Once the humanities, buttressed by Judeo-Christian principles kept alive the human heart’s yearning for the good, the true and the beautiful. The secular imperative in higher education, with only man to make himself, questioned the very existence of these virtues, adding an intense fascination with the darker sides of human nature. This project, thus far, has limited the university’s range of possibilities. It’s strong rejection of the Judeo-Christian framework, denies the university’s claim to be the free open marketplace of ideas, rejects pluralism, and limits both wide exploration and expression. Judeo-Christian thought still offers unique possibilities unavailable from any other source, wherein the humanities can reignite the human imagination with the possibilities of a redeemed nature.
Mary Poplin is a professor of education at the Claremont Graduate University in California. Her theoretical work analyzes worldviews dominant in university. Her empirical work analyzes highly effective public school teachers in desperately low-income communities. She is the author of Is Reality Secular? and Finding Calcutta (InterVarsity Press, 2008, 2014), and co-editor of an edited volume, Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge (Peter Lang, fall 2017), and a frequent Veritas Forum speaker.
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