Liberal Learning and Christian Practical Wisdom

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Many faculty members who are devoted to liberal education have become increasingly perplexed in today’s academy about how best to integrate the several courses that students must take in order to graduate into a coherent whole. In this essay, Schwehn argues that Christian practical wisdom may hold out the prospect of reintegrating curricula that have splintered into disconnected fragments, at least on a conceptual level, and of reinvigorating teaching across all of the disciplines. In other words, all academics need renewed attention to the wisdom within various religious traditions; Christian academics need renewed attention to the cultivation of Christian practical wisdom as an educational ideal.


Book chapter from Christian Faith and University Life.