The Sept. 12 issue of the New York Times features an article from Jonathan Sheehan, professor of history and co-director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. Sheehan's article, "Teaching Calvin in California," appears in The Stone, "a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless."
Sheehan writes: "We spend a great deal of time worrying about theology these days. From extremist violence to the American culture wars, the theological imagination can feel like an existential threat to liberal democracy. Or more simply, just to common decency. No surprise that many believe that theology has no place in the secular college classroom. Over the years, I have decided that this is wrong. I learned to think otherwise teaching Calvin in California."