Christians vs. Dogmatists

by Jane S. Shaw

Inside Higher Ed has published an intriguing essay by Timothy Larsen, a professor at Wheaton College. He discusses the experience of a Christian student at a public university who encountered hostility (and poor grades) when he wrote about his faith. Larsen also shares his own experience with prejudice when he submitted a book manuscript to the Yale University Press. He quotes from the anonymous peer “reviews.” For example, a reviewer who agreed to accept the manuscript (based on T. S. Eliot’s The Idea of a Christian Society) explained his decision thus: “It is worth considering why ideas we find not just impossible to believe but even impossible to believe that others believe — such as the ideology of the Taliban or Saudis — have such appeal.”