Education at a Christian college properly features both honest inquiry and unwavering allegiance to core theological standards, such as those embodied in the classical creeds. This combination of commitments can create tension for the Christian educator, as insistence upon doctrinal allegiance can inadvertently reinforce dogmatic attitudes so common among late adolescents. In this paper I discuss the virtue of intellectual humility and its importance for combating student dogmatism in an atmosphere of steadfast Christian commitment. After distinguishing between theological essentials and disputable matters, I discuss philosophical and theological grounds for being intellectually humble. And I illustrate ways in which faculty and staff may intentionally model this virtue for students.
Spiegel, James S.
"Intellectual Humility and the Art of Disagreement at the Christian College,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 4:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol4/iss4/4
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