There is a desperate need for the establishment of the life of the mind--especially for those going off to colleges and universities. They need to understand this underlying clash of ideas. More importantly, they need to know how the university system with its methodological naturalism will be the atmosphere in which they will be pursuing their labors and skill set. Without an understanding of this dynamic people will simply breathe in the noxious fumes of methodological naturalism without realizing it until too late.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The University Atmosphere
Over twenty years ago Eta Linnemann wrote an amazing little book entitled Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology (Baker, 1990). Linnemann had been trained in the German university tradition and took her degrees for New Testament scholarship. She studied under such critical theologians as Rudolf Bultmann and Ernst Fuchs. After having a profound conversion experience she renounced her prior presuppositions. There are a number of fascinating thoughts in her book but I picked the following quotation because it is relevant to the American university scene and highlights the need to navigate the university intellectual currents carefully.