Christian Scholars, Secular Universities, and the Problem with the Antithesis

D. G. Hart


As evidenced by Alan Wolfe's Atlantic Monthly article (October 2000), evangelicals over the last quarter of the twentieth century have experienced an intellectual renaissance. Not only are they producing important works of scholarship, but some, most notably, George M. Marsden and Mark A. Noll, have made the case for the importance of doing scholarship from a distinctively Christian perspective. In this essay D. G. Hart locates recent evangelical discussions in the history of American higher education, explores the influence of Abraham Kuyper, and argues that assumptions about the antithesis between secularism and Christianity may actually frustrate the work of Christian scholars. Mr. Hart is Academic Dean and Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary in California.


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