I came across this statement from one of my favorite undergraduate professors. As noted below, it was made by Harding University’s first president. He stated:
All progress of truth – scientific truth, political truth, or religious truth – all truth – has depended on free speech and progressive teachers who were not afraid to teach their honest convictions.” – J.N. Armstrong
Harding, like a number of conservative institutions, has a particular right of center point of view. I guess I love this because it was made by a “highly” conservative university leader. Moreover, though I am questioned less of late for my ideological and intellectual beliefs, there are still a small few that fear my mind. Thus, the notion of a Christian teacher being open-minded about intellectual and political arguments can be a tough pill for some. I am fortunate that this is not an issue on my campus, nor among my students. The ability to love free thought and the diversity of thought reflects the true identity of a secure person. I say this only to say this: People fear what they cannot understand, or what they have closed their minds to understanding. I am fortunate that my students nor my colleagues are this way. They might see things in a different way, but they at least listen.