Must education be secular to be serious?

We believe there is a false dichotomy between secular scholarship and faith. To us, the desire for new knowledge is not at all at odds with Christian traditions. Discoveries do not diminish God's universe; they enhance our appreciation of it.

The academic world is beginning to listen. Since 1998, the number of books and articles published in peer-reviewed journals by College of Arts and Sciences faculty alone has more than doubled. And, the dollar amount of externally funded grants has more than tripled.

As a Christian institution, we unapologetically adopt a frame of reference, even a set of intellectual virtues, which we call our own. We accept that we will not always agree about what we see and how we interpret it. But oftentimes, our disagreements are what animate our intellectual lives and illuminate our scholarship.

Our ultimate pursuit will continue to be what it has always been: the truth.