Which is why I would toss an application from a student from one of these places. If the faculty is this dogmatic and closed-minded, I couldn't trust that a student would be a suitable academic candidate.
That's an incredibly narrow-minded and shortsighted reaction. I would never want to work at Wheaton, and they would never want to hire me, but you've got to approach the problem like the scientist or scholar you claim to be. Have you ever worked with students from Wheaton or other evangelical or religious colleges? Instead of basing your reaction on stereotypes and your imagination of what the students must be like, you've got to gather some data. What experiences have your colleagues had? Are Wheaton grads any good in the seminar room or in the laboratory?
What if you received a solid application from a Wheaton grad with good test scores, a compelling research proposal, and an NSF grant? Are you going to toss the application because of an opaque theological dispute at the applicant's alma mater? We really don't want to instiute a religious test alongside the GRE as a gateway to grad school.
First of all, let's assume it is a fresh grad, so there wouldn't be NSF grants of an established researcher. The problem is, after the stunt Wheaton pulled, I don't consider them a legitimate university. I'd similarly reject a candidate from Oral Roberts or Liberty. While I understand that there are reasonable people there (both faculty and students), I have no way of assessing whether or not a candidate falls into this pool, and I'm not going to attempt to assess this in an interview, and obviously not get into anything approaching a religious discussion (since I'm not in a department of religion).
I could care less whether a person has deep faith, and am close to many that do. But, for example, I couldn't consider someone with a biology degree from Liberty seriously, given the the department chair teaches creation studies
; remember their advertisement for a candidate that had to be a creationist? So where do I draw the line? Astronomy, cosmology, and thermodynamics (including then mechanical and chemical engineering due to the 3rd Law) are right out . History, philosophy (including complex systems and the philosophy of science), and many of the social sciences are dicey as well. My STEM discipline might be OK, but how can I trust the education tainted by dogma? And my discipline frequently interacts with some of the ones that are right out.
By "one of these places" do you mean evangelical colleges in general? Colleges with a particular denominational affiliation? Any college that requires faculty to sign a statement of faith?
By one of these places, I mean one that has demonstrated that fundamentalist religious doctrine trumps the open discourse and exchange of ideas necessary for academic freedom and a proper education, as Wheaton has done. I'm not going to comment on the use of the word "evangelical" as I'm not qualified to judge its nuances, and I certainly would have no problem with an E
LCA Lutheran. I have no problem with religious institutions that have an affiliation with religious groups that wouldn't insist on conservative doctrine dictating the curriculum and discourse; among these would be ELCA Lutheran, Episcopal, and UCC. I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones with which I'm most familiar. I would be deeply suspicious of any institution that required a statement of faith to be signed, particularly if very restrictive.