Catholic Identity: A Balancing Act? -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
I am an alumnus of a small Christian College, which at the time still had the trappings of a Bible college, though it had regional accreditation. Over the years it has become a Christian liberal arts college. The curriculum still includes required courses in Bible and such, but not to the same degree as during my day. Most mainline Protestant church related colleges keep connections with the sponsoring denomination, but religion doesn't play a significant role in the curriculum. it might contribute to the values of the institution, but these are not ideologically disposed. That is probably becoming increasingly true as colleges seek to reach out to more secular students. Thus, as Martin Marty notes, there is less relationship between ideology and identity. He raises that point in connection with the struggles of Catholic universities to balance the two. It is an interesting question, not only for Catholics but all religiously affiliated schools of higher education. Your thoughts are welcome.