The problem as I see it is not that students in the liberal arts are somehow forbidden to argue their religious views but that, whether they are religious or secular, they do not get sufficient exposure to religious texts. These texts contain many strange and interesting things—often surprising to religious and unreligious students alike. They uncover possibilities of being human. But in order for these possibilities to emerge, they need to be approached in a secular spirit. That is, their specifically theological language needs to be translated into a conceptual language through which people can imagine a given possibility without a prior or subsequent adherence to it as the absolute truth.Read the rest of Nothing human is foreign to me.
Annette Aronowicz is the department chair of Judaic Studies, the Robert F. and Patricia G. Ross Weis Professor of Judaic Studies, and Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin Marshall College. Among her publications are Freedom from Ideology: Secrecy in Modern Expression (Garland Press, 1987), Jews and Christians on Time and Eternity: Charles Péguy's Portrait of Bernard-Lazare (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998), Haim Sloves—Judischer Kommunismus in Paris (Philo, 2002), and, as translator, Nine Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Lévinas (Indiana University Press, 1990).