The Place of Personal Faith in the Classroom

Many religious-studies professors consider personal references to one's own faith to be out of place in an academic context. Even professors of biblical studies and theology at the church-related liberal-arts college where I teach are cautious about revealing their religious convictions. We want students to learn to think critically. Nevertheless, I think we scholars of religion are so worried about looking like Sunday-school teachers or evangelists that we do not explain our own religious