Integration, Secularization, and the Two-Spheres View at Religious Colleges: Comparing Baylor University with the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown College

Larry Lyon and Michael Beaty

In response to the epistemological challenge of the modern university, religious colleges and universities have adopted a common strategy--a two-realm paradigm. In his recent book, Faith and Knowledge, Douglas Sloan implied that a two-realm strategy is typically a step on the way to full secularization. Larry Lyon and Michael Beaty argue that the strong support for both integration and the two-spheres approaches to faith and learning at Baylor and Notre Dame suggest that these universities are not yet sliding down the "slippery slope" to secularism. Mr. Lyon is a Professor of Sociology and Mr. Beaty is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University.

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