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transcending academic orthodoxies

Kenneth Garcia

pp. 3-23

Garcia challenges the secular understanding of academic freedom, claiming it is incomplete. He insists on the right of scholars to "listen" for the divine voice in the discourse of creation, to pursue the theological dimension of all fields of study, and to explore the connections between knowledge in scholarly disciplines and theological insight. By "theological insight" he does not mean pronouncements by religious authorities, adherence to dogmas, or literal interpretations of religious texts; instead, he means a subtle awareness that there is a surplus of knowledge and meaning to reality that transcends what can be known through ordinary disciplinary methods of inquiry—that findings in many fields of study hint at connections to a greater whole, and that these connections should be pursued.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39787-0_1

Full citation:

Garcia, K. (2016)., Introduction: transcending academic orthodoxies, in K. Garcia (ed.), Reexamining academic freedom in religiously affiliated universities, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 3-23.

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