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Between Athens and Jerusalem

While searching for some material related to Tertullian’s questions “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church?”, I stumbled upon this insightful short article by C. Drew Smith. It looks at some of the issues of teaching in a Christian liberal arts college, particularly around the development of critical thinking skills, engagement by/with stakeholders in that environment, and selection of material for students to read from different theological and philosophical perspectives. Resonated with me, but the other way around as I have to select material from ‘faith’ traditions to use in a secular educational context.

See C. Drew Smith, “Between Athens and Jerusalem,” SBL Forum , n.p. [cited April 2005]. Online:

1 Comment

  1. John

    Hi, I am from Melbourne.

    Before you start pretending that there ever was (or now is) any real separation between “athens” and “jerusalem” I would suggest that you read this essay on the origins and political purposes of what became the “official” Bible.

    Plus a radical critique of the self-serving nature of what is usually called religion – especially in 2011.

    Also The Illusion of Separation of Church & State

    Applied Christian politics 101

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