Reflection on Theology in the Liberal Arts

By now you have heard, probably ad nauseam, that Westmont is a Christian liberal arts college. In fact, if I were you I would be reacting to every additional mention of "Christian liberal arts" with growing cynicism, fatigue, and skepticism.

Choose a course (but not a religious studies course) in another discipline that you are either taking this semester or have completed in a prior semester — preferably but not necessarily elsewhere in the General Education curriculum. How does one aspect of that course connect with one or more aspects of this course? Is the connection constructive, mutually reinforcing and enriching in a way that suggests that "Christian liberal arts" might be a coherent and helpful category after all? Or is it destructive, qualifying or even contradicting the claims we make about our curriculum? What kind of relationship among the disciplines and "big picture" of collegiate education does this connection imply?

You will of course want to draw substantively on both our own course materials and the materials of your other course. Bear in mind that your readers will not necessarily be familiar with that other discipline, so you will need to do some explaining and teaching of your own. Feel free to discuss this assignment with the professor teaching the other course, but you may not hand in the same paper for credit in both courses unless both professors approve.

I wonder if this essay will tire you further, or refresh your energy!

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Focus on the chapter in Harvey you have had the most trouble with so far. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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