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Faith, freedom and the academy.

Charlottetown, PEI -- There was an air of excitement among the scholars who gathered at the University of Prince Edward Island in October 2004 for the first national conference on Faith, Freedom, and the Academy.

"This unique gathering is important for the networking and for the cross-fertilization that occurs when so many disciplines bring their insights and concerns to the discussion," said Spencer Boudreau of McGill University.

They espoused different faiths and came from many disciplines: religious studies, business and economics, literature, sociology, law, history, and the sciences.

They came together because they yearn for more faith-freedom in academia. Freedom to be seen as the faithful Christians they try to be. Freedom to let their faith infuse their teaching. They are convinced that Religious Studies departments are still relevant today, that the Christian voice should be heard in society and on the campus, that theology and philosophy should have a place in the modern university.

They are keenly aware of what happens to society when theology, philosophy, and faith are deposed by science, technology, utilitarianism, and consumerism. These have a place, said eminent Newman scholar Ian Ker of Oxford University. (Reported by Doreen Beagan).
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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