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In the past thirty years there has been a sea change in North American intellectual life regarding the role of religious commitments in academic endeavors. Driven partly by post-modernism and the fragmentation of knowledge and partly by the democratization of the academy in which different voices are celebrated, the appropriate role that religion should play is contested. Some academics insist that religion cannot and must not have a place at the academic table; others insist that religious values should drive the argument. Faithful Imagination in the Academy takes an approach based on dialogue with various viewpoints, claiming neither too much nor too little. All the authors are seasoned academics with many significant publications to their credit. While they all know how the academy operates and how to make worthwhile contributions in their respective disciplines, they are also Christians whose religious commitments are reflected in their intellectual work.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Probing Linguistic and Moral Coherence Chapter 3 Words and Things: the Hope of Perspectival Realism Chapter 4 Can We Be Good Without God? Part 5 Questioning Assumptions Underlying Science Chapter 6 Can Scientific Laws Teach Us the Nature of the World? Chapter 7 Design in Nature: What is Science Properly Permitted to Think? Part 8 Truth-Telling and Truth-Searching Chapter 9 Reckoning with the Conquest of California and the West: Josiah Royce and American Memory Chapter 10 Better Media with Wisdom from a Distant Place Part 11 Imagining a World Chapter 12 Gender Partnership: A Care Theory Perspective Chapter 13 American Poverty Policy: Concerns about the Nature of Persons in a Good Society Chapter 14 Understanding God, Nature, and Social Structure: A Case Study of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand