Malone University Center for Theology and Ministry addresses anti-intellectualism on January 16.
January 10, 2014 | Release # 6809
The Malone University Center for Theology and Ministry will present "Evangelical Christians and the Challenge of Anti-Intellectualism" on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brehme Centennial Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public.
Malone University assistant professor of biblical studies, T. C. Ham, Ph.D., will offer a presentation on the dangers and challenges of the anti-intellectualism which is common among evangelical Christians. Discussion will follow. Dr. Ham describes the issue as follows:
"We often hear that the Bible is simple enough for a child to understand, but complex enough to interest scholars. Why is it then that my eleven-year-old son—who easily navigates the Chronicles of Narnia—has so much trouble with the Book of Matthew? The answer to this question may explain the condition of so many small group Bible studies in the churches today. It may also shed light on why people untrained in biblical or theological scholarship often presume to know what's best for biblical and theological education."
He continues, "Moreover, the very heart of what it means to be a Christian may be subtly but profoundly shaped by the prevailing winds of anti-intellectualism in the Church. Ironically, Christian higher education and even biblical and theological scholarship are not free of the influences of anti-intellectualism."
Dr. Ham's recent scholarly work includes "Anti-Intellectualism and Its Impact on the Academy and Biblical Studies," a paper presented at the Thelma Fordham Pruett Conference on the Academy and Religious Faith, at the University of Dayton (2013).
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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