Faith Integration and the Irreducible Metaphors of Disciplinary Discourse

Steven Jensen

Discussions of faith integration often lament the fragmentation of academic disciplines and express the desire for a theologically centered, unified synthesis of academic knowledge. Steven Jensen argues that every academic discourse is defined not only by a complex formative history and set of rules and practices, but also by a root metaphor that serves as a productive simplification, both facilitating and limiting its perspective on any subject. These properties work against a fully rationalized synthesis of academic knowledge drawn from the disciplines, and point instead to a model of integration grounded in the wisdom required to weigh the strengths, limits, and competing claims of our many irreducible discourses of knowledge. Examples are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines and practices. Mr. Jensen is Professor of English at Malone University.

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