Academic Imperialism

A Christian therefore in an academic setting faces a peculiar assault. Because he believes in a binding truth on all men, he is an enemy of academic freedom. At the same time, because he is not open to the equality of good and evil, truth and error, he will not compromise. He is thus a target of academic and administrative imperialism. Since he will not be reduced to the common level of pragmatism and expediency, he is the target of bulldozing activities.

R.J. Rushdoony, The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2001), 118.


Filed under books, education, quotes, r j rushdoony, worldview

4 responses to “Academic Imperialism

  1. Bilbo Baggins

    Great quote. Secular Academia subscribes to a worldview that suggests that the objective mind is the only pathway to knowledge. The problem is that the “objective” mind doesn’t exist. Academics secretly subscribe to a Christian universe, where logic, reason and science are possible. We subscribe to a worldview that God holds the universe together, and only the sanctified mind, subject to Christ’s kingship, is the pathway to complete knowledge. The unsanctified mind can certainly achieve knowledge–sometimes better than many Christians–but only if it operates assuming–albeit subconsciously–the Christian context of the universe.

    Ironically, Jesus said that the truth would set us free; binding ourselves to this truth is the only means to discover understanding.

    I have been reading Nancy Pearcy’s Total Truth, which is a fabulous book on this very topic of the sacred and secular divide. Check it out, if you have a chance.


  2. Ian

    I haven’t read her book yet, but I read The Pearcey Report daily. She’s a Schaefferite?
    Your post sounded very Van Tilian! I’d recommend the book by Rushdoony to you, considering you are in education, you would probably enjoy it. He has an earlier one called Intellectual Schizophrenia also on education.
    Although I don’t follow everything in terms of theonomy, I believe these guys are powerful critics of western thought. He’s an excellent writer and very well read. He interacts with everyone!
    Thanks for the post.

  3. Bilbo Baggins

    She is a Shaefferite and I am a Van Tillian (through Bahnsen). I find her Shaefferite outlook is coloured by a Van Tillian perspective, nonetheless. Al Mohler claims that Total Truth is the most important Christian book of this century. In the same vein of celebrity endorsements, I think John Piper also prefers Crest over Colgate.


    P.S.: Sorry about the deleted comment above… sometimes my posts appear messed up on your blog…

  4. Ian

    Yeah, I made a few modifications that look alright in Internet Explorer, but look abysmal in Firefox. I’m an IE guy.
    I really need to pick up Pearcey’s book, I only ever hear good things about it.
    Thanks for posting!

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