Faith That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Saturday July 10th 2010, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Patristics

I’ve mentioned Ken Howell to you before. He’s gradually bringing out a new edition of the Apostolic Fathers. Apparently the University of Illinois has fired him for actually believing what the Apostolic Fathers believed.

Don’t know about you, but when I was attending a big state university I had all manner of moral and spiritual notions peddled to me as Truth. Not only in the soft spots, like the humanities, but in physics and math as well. For some reason, especially in physics and math. My son and his contemporaries seem to endure the same sort of instruction today. Back in 1985 we rolled our eyes, knowing it’s the price we pay for academic freedom.

But apparently there are limits to academic freedom, and Ken strayed beyond them. Say a prayer for him and his family. Buy his book. And if you’re in a position to do something about the situation, please do.

UPDATE: In the comment box, author and patrologist Carl Sommer suggests something you might do.


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Mike, thanks for making people aware of this situation. I have sent an email to the public affairs dept. of the university, requesting that he be reinstated. The email address is publicaffairs@illinois.edu. Remember to be polite, reasoned, and firm!

Comment by Carl Sommer 07.11.10 @ 9:32 am

E-mail sent. I could not agree more.

Comment by Bob Pegritz 07.11.10 @ 10:06 am

Bought Howell’s book – grrrrr Illinois is my state, you may know. I have felt so great he was there.

Comment by Terry Fenwick 07.14.10 @ 3:24 pm



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