Christian Scholar in a Postmodern World

Christian academics continue to face a significant question when engaging in scholarship: Is scholarly pursuit incompatible with Christian thought as seems to be assumed by some academics today, or are academic enquiry and Christian faith mutually supportive? In this paper, a range of responses to this question from within the Christian community are navigated, and then firmly advocates the legitimacy of Christian intellectual enquiry in both the public and Christian academic domains. Core principles for scholarly engagement by Christian academics are identified and two possible intellectual scaffolds which are recognized in the secular community and which might prove attractive to Christian scholars are provided. Finally, several characteristics of what Christian scholarship might look like in the academy in the postmodern world of the 21st century are suggested.

 

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