Academic Freedom, Please
Today a member of the faculty told me that my proposal for a new course on how Jesus has changed over the centuries—as well as the social agenda each re-appropriation of his authority advances—might be offensive to some faculty members.
I was basically speechless. I mustered the following:
I’m so far from removed from whatever that perspective is; what would the complaint be?
It might be received as an attack on their deeply held faith.
Would anyone have said this if I were proposing a course on how the figure of the Buddha has been remade over and over again? No.
But that’s how Christian privilege works.