One of the books on my shelf that I return to regularly is Mark Schwehn’s Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America. It has become an indispensable guide for thinking about what I am supposed to be doing as an academic in the context of a Christian liberal arts college.
There is a lot I could say about this book, but the most inspiring part of it is Schwehn’s discussion of the role of risk and wisdom in the educational process. Education, Schwehn argues, requires risk. Real education only occurs when we are prepared to “abandon some of our most cherished beliefs.”
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