Between 2006-2009, with the support of the Teagle Foundation, four self-identifying secular liberal arts campuses—Bucknell University and Macalester, Vassar, and Williams Colleges—engaged in a project, “Secularity and the Liberal Arts,” that tried to get at the purpose and nature of liberal arts education by asking what it means for a liberal arts campus to unabashedly call its practices “secular.” Is there a way, we wondered, that by spending some time thinking critically and honestly about this crucial term—one that ostensibly governs our practices—we might get a better handle on the nature of liberal arts education?Read the rest of Reconceiving the secular and the practice of the liberal arts.
Jonathon S. Kahn is Assistant Professor of Religion at Vassar College. He has published articles on Du Bois and religion in Philosophia Africana and The Souls of W.E.B. Du Bois, (Northern Illinois, 2007). He recently completed a book project, Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois (Oxford, 2009).
Posts by Jonathon Kahn:
The truly dynamic discussion in America today about religion and politics is not between “wall of separation” secularists and Christian political theologians attempting to turn American into a theocracy. Instead, the promising but fledgling discussion is between religious and non-religious democrats who are acutely aware of the two horns of this essential American dilemma. First, one has a right to express one’s convictions in whatever terms one holds them, including religious terms; second, one cannot assume that one’s fellow citizens’ convictions are shaped by the same terms.Read the rest of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s fear of the secular.