On Being a Christian in the Academy offers a critical appraisal of Nicholas Wolterstorff's account of faith and knowledge in the light of the philosophy of science, and an application of his thought to the practice of Christian scholarship.
Andrew Sloane expounds Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff’s account of rationality and his understanding of the devising and weighing of theories. Wolterstorff steers a course between the modernist idea of the neutrality and universal power of reason, on the one hand, and the relativism of some postmodern philosophy, on the other. He presents a defensible person-specific but non-relativist criterion of theory choice. The role of control beliefs in scholarship and the place of Christian beliefs in the practice of Christian scholarship are also explored.
The book concludes by exploring the implications of these findings for theological scholarship, in particular Old Testament exegesis. The author suggests that Wolterstorff's notion of scholarly practice explains the practice of scholarship and is to be commended to Christian scholars as a cogent and challenging method of devising and appraising theories.
[Andrew Sloane's] discussion throughout is accurate, meticulously researched, lucidly presented, and critically sympathetic.
—Nicholas Wolterstorff, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale
Anyone interested in the recent resurgence of interest in the relationship between religion and higher education who has not already examined Wolterstorff's work will find here a lucid and helpful exposition.
—David Smith, Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning
Andrew Sloane received his doctorate from Morling College in Philosophy and Old Testament, and has served as a lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought at Ridley College. In addition to his book on Nicholas Wolterstorff, he is also the author of numerous articles on Christian theology and philosophy.