Christian Academia needs to learn to speak to the person in the pew.
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I moved to Texas a year and a half ago. Not only was it my first move to a “southern” state, but it was also the first time I was not moving for more education. No institution or new degree was waiting for me. To be frank, I do not enjoy the Texas political milieu, religious culture, and the little particulars that make up what Texan-ness is. Though I am near a prestigious university, I am amazed at just how uncritical or down right anti-intellectual Christians can be in this place; I have encountered this everywhere, but never in such abundance. And yet, beyond my own annoyance with zealous Baptists and creation science, beyond my own political affirmations, there is something strikingly beautiful about the Christianity here. I have no better term for it than a spiritual simplicity. There is an openness to spiritual needs, to theological explanations, and a powerful faith chiseled into many of the people I encounter here....
Pedagogical changes need to be made: better theology will be done if a students of religion could center theological reflection on their own living faith.