Academic Freedom from a Christian Perspective
A Personal Reflection
Gerald Gerbrandt provides a personal perspective on these issues as the President Emeritus of Canadian Mennonite University and formerly as a faculty member at the Mennonite Bible College. Affirming his commitment to academic freedom as essential to all universities, he nevertheless considers it appropriate and justifiable for Christian universities to expect their faculty members to be practising Christians — “without making use of the argument that religious freedom gives such institutions a kind of exemption to override academic freedom.” His article elaborates the reasons and provides a perspective on academic freedom from within a faith-based Christian institution.
GERALD GERBRANDT is President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Bible at the Canadian Mennonite University. Gerald has spent most of his working life at Canadian Mennonite Bible College/Canadian Mennonite University. He has a Bachelor of Christian Education, CMBC; a BA from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas; a Master of Divinity, Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana; and a Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. He has been a Fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England; a Fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minnesota; and a Visiting Scholar at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.