Can Conservatives Flourish in Academic Theology?

Over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard has written a truly important commentary on the issue of whether or not conservatives are disadvantaged in the contemporary academic world and, specifically, when it comes to academic theology. He raises many important issues and I would also like to call attention to one particular concern that transcends ideological considerations. Peppard writes: "It also helps to have a strong financial foundation for the purposes of child care, either from inherited wealth or a high-earning spouse or partner." This has long been a concern of mine ever since I realized what a pittance entry-level journalists were paid and, consequently, how many of them came from families of considerable means. The same is true of politics, which is increasingly a sport for rich folk. One need scarcely point out the dangers to the future of the academy, the commentariat and even our democracy of limiting participation to those who can afford it. 

Advertisement

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.

 

300x80-lighthope-web-ad.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

December 2-15, 2016

NCR_12-2.jpg