“The Christian academic vocation is first and foremost defined by thinking about and living one’s vocation in the light of the triune God and God’s story of the world. These elements not only nourish the university’s soul but should also define professors’ fundamental identities and direct them to engage in certain story-formed virtues and practices that shape their vocations in unique ways. Thinking and living in the light of God and God’s story can also foster an integrated relationship for teaching, scholarship, and service as well as an integrated identity and life purpose. As image bearers of God we can then pursue a coinherence reflected in the Trinity. The vocation of the Christian scholar is defined by a different story, identity, and purpose. As a result, the Christian scholar is free to fulfill his or her calling without having one’s soul fragmented by it. . . .
Theology of Higher Ed
If I’m not interested in science, why take a science class?
This was the first question I received fromÂ my reader survey. Technically, it came from Tom while testing the form, but I thought it offered a convenient entry intoÂ a theology of science. Science is a worthwhile pursuit as an end unto itself; there are also plenty of practical and pragmatic reasons to have a professional or amateur interest in science. To get to theology, though, we need to wander beyond the boundaries of science; why not start there and work our way inside instead? In doing so, we’ll see that science can help refine the subject of our theology while also broadening its language.
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Exiles From Eden by Mark R. Schwehn. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Summary: Schwehn chronicles a shift in the academic vocation from one of formation of the mind and character of students to one of making knowledge, reflecting a change from religiously shaped values to a valuing of formal and procedural rationality, and from an integral sense of self to a multiplicity of â€œselves.â€
In celebration of Labor Day and in preparation for Scholar’s Call, please take a few minutes to join me in considering how you define/embrace vocation and what resourcesÂ you’veÂ found of particular value (please keep sending suggestions and filling outÂ the writer survey).
For inspiration, Steve Garber offers inÂ Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (InterVarsity Press, 2014): [Read more…] about Visions of Vocation on Labor Day
Fill out our fall Writer’s Survey.
One of the main themes we’re exploring this year on the blog is vocation: What does it mean to be called to follow Christ? What does it mean to pursue an academic vocation? What does it mean to put the two together? Scholar’s Compass built a great foundation for thinking about those questions on the blog, and this year we’re launching a new series to build on that foundation. Scholar’s Call will allow writers to explore integrating Christ’s call to follow Him everywhere with His call to follow Him in the academy. [Read more…] about Fall Preview: Scholar’s Call