What are you reading, watching, thinking about this week? As usual, hereâ€™s a few which have been on our mind. Let us know your thoughts on any/all of them. If you have items youâ€™d like us to consider for the top five, add them in the comments or send them to Tom or Mike.
1. Mary and the Modern University (First Things): In light of the false perception that religion has little to do with thought, R. R. Reno (Theology, Creighton) asks:
What, then, does Christianity add to academic life? What should make teachers and students at Catholic colleges and universitiesâ€“and other Christian institutions of higher educationâ€“confident in the intellectual integrity of their enterprise?
Reno offers the surprising suggestion that we look to Mary’s response to the Annunciation:
When the Angel of the Lord comes to Mary, she is told a truthâ€“the truth of human destinyâ€“that she cannot understand. Her response: â€œBehold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.â€
Good stuff. (HT: Kenny Benge)
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2.Â Vocational concerns in higher education. In addition to the material covered in The End of Philosophy? –Â check out the Sociology The Satisfaction Gap (Scott Jaschik. Inside Higher Ed.Â 8/17/2010). The article comes face-to-face with the question of how to prepare students for graduate school.Â In particular, student formation along with appreciation of student (possibly faculty) fancies/interest doesn’t bring to the attention of students how much research stats comprise the work of Sociology.Â Comment from Tom:Â Maybe it also indicates some loss of direction of taking some the bigger picture into consideration when engaged in Sociological research and interpretation. I’ll survey my friends in Sociology. Feel free to also post your thoughts.
Lou Gehrig, international admissions, and Richard Mouw on praying in class after the jump.