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What Difference Could It Possibly Make?

George M. Marsden

in The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780195122909
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122909.003.0005
What Difference Could It Possibly Make?

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This chapter responds to some of the most significant questions that are likely to be raised regarding the possibility or advisability of developing identifiably Christian scholarship. It also sketches some of the types of ways in which we should expect Christian perspectives to have real impact. It is argues that moral judgments are not the whole of Christian influence on scholarship, but rather part of a larger pattern of values that will set a scholar's academic agenda. Christian commitments make a difference to scholarship because scholars are whole people and the various aspects of their belief systems are interrelated. Many particular aspects of a Christian scholar's work will look much like the work of a colleague who has another nontheistic set of commitments. Yet the relative importance that we assign to things, the central questions we ask about them, and the assumptions that lie behind these questions will all vary according to what makes up our larger picture of reality.

Keywords: Christian scholarship; Christian perspectives; moral judgments; Christian scholars; academic agenda

Chapter.  9189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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