Einstein once said, “The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
Since we live in a time of surface utility and pragmatism, anything that can move us beyond this flat plane is welcome. We are a nation that loves facts, but not wisdom. We are a nation that loves information, but not knowledge. We are drowning in minutia—a regular trivial pursuit of a national conversation, while a deep sensibility of grace, love, forgiveness, and redemption, no longer seems to appear on the radar screen of our national life.
Given where we are, it is no wonder there are those in higher education who wonder if students can, it would appear, waste their time on a liberal arts education instead of investing in those areas that might lead to more lucrative rewards.
This post gives us some hope that such a short-sighted view will be countered. It also gives us hope in the sense that we might continue exposing the “secular” for what it is, another metaphysical narrative and certainly not one that names anything fundamental about reality.
“From the start, this project was motivated by the tremendous reevaluation that the notion of the “secular” has undergone over the last two decades. It is now well acknowledged that the American academy, at least from the standpoint of theory, has been in a full-blown period of recovery from the dominance of the secularization thesis. One of the remarkable things about this conversation has been the tremendous variety of theorists—of different political and religious convictions—who have come to agree on one thing: that it is both philosophically incoherent and phenomenologically inaccurate to posit a secular scrubbed free of religion and committed to a neutral and rational public discourse.”