012: Academic Freedom vs. Freedom of Religion: The Wheaton College Case

Stevan Sheets

The gang + special guest Tim Edris of Emerging Leaders Institute weigh in on the recent controversy at Wheaton College.  We try and unravel the theological argument and the broader institutional concerns at stake. What role does academic freedom have at private, religious institutions? Is Wheaton consistent in applying its policies? Is this the beginning of a much larger conversation for private colleges and universities?

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4 thoughts on “012: Academic Freedom vs. Freedom of Religion: The Wheaton College Case”

  1. My guess is that a process is underway because she is tenured. Said another way, if she was not tenured, she may have been dismissed already.

    Just a guess. But tenure is basically a right to due process. And that seems to be what’s happening now…because she is tenured.

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