‘Navigation for an ocean of interminable scepticism’ revisited: John Henry Newman and the place of theology in the university

Resource type
Author/contributor
Title
‘Navigation for an ocean of interminable scepticism’ revisited: John Henry Newman and the place of theology in the university
Abstract
The place of theology is under threat in the modern university. It is denied a place, except insofar as it is useful in the training of religious professionals or as a phenomenon in its own right, on the grounds that relate to an unscientific scientism that both makes metaphysical assumptions it itself does not recognise as scientific or denies its own epistemological commitments. This article argues that the notion of education in ‘liberal knowledge’ or ‘universal knowledge’, the idea at the heart of John Henry Newman’s The Idea of a University provides a sufficiently robust counter to these assaults on the place of theology proper in the modern university and that refusing such a place to it undermines the claim of universities to use the name at all. It is precisely the uselessness of theology that guarantees its place in the university committed to universal knowledge and universal enquiry.
Publication
International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
Volume
21
Issue
2
Pages
1-15
Date
October 29, 2021
DOI
10.1080/1474225X.2021.1997030
ISSN
1474-225X
Short Title
‘Navigation for an ocean of interminable scepticism’ revisited
Accessed
10/31/21, 5:54 AM
Citation
Morgan, S. (2021). ‘Navigation for an ocean of interminable scepticism’ revisited: John Henry Newman and the place of theology in the university. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 21(2), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/1474225X.2021.1997030